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What is the Federal Emergency Management Agency?


The Federal Emergency Management Agency, which had a budget of $14 billion in 2016, coordinates the country’s response to major disasters and assists in recovery. In the event of a crisis, the governor of an affected state must declare a state of emergency and formally request FEMA’s support and funding. FEMA also handles disaster preparedness, including mitigation programs and first responder training. The agency became part of the Department of Homeland Security in 2003.