Throughout history there have been many federal laws enacted to help in the development of emergency management programs. In 1934, The Flood Control act was created to help combat the problems that arose with flooding. In response to numerous natural disasters in the early 1960’s The Office of Emergency Preparedness was created to deal with these types of disasters. In more recent years, some of the regulatory drivers for the development of emergency management programs include The Disaster Relief Act of 1974, the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act), and The Homeland Security Act of 2002. Specifically these three laws have had significant impact on emergency management programs.
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The Disaster Relief Act of 1974 established the process for which the President could declare a disaster. At that time, many different federal agencies handled the various types of disasters. In 1979, President Carter consolidated many of these agencies into......
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