FEMA financial aid offsets the costs of firefighting

Issue 12 and Volume 138.

FEMA financial aid offsets the costs of firefighting in potential disaster areas throughout country The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will partially reimburse the State of Washington for costs expended to fight the Barker Mountain fire in the northeastern part of the state. The decision to provide federal assistance came after FEMA’s forest fire advisors flew over the area. This financial aid is part of the Disaster Relief Act of 1974 (Public Law 93-288, Section 417), which states that “The President is authorized to provide assistance, including grants, equipment, supplies, and personnel, to any state for the suppression of any fire on public or privately owned forest or grassland which threatens such destruction that would constitute a major disaster.” Simply stated, aid is given in situations resulting from a fire which, if left unattended, could become a disaster. Each of the 50 states has established a floor cost, or an…

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