In the United States, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is the federal government agency responsible for emergency preparedness and response. FEMA helps state and local organizations prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies. Under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, public law 93-288 (the Stafford Act, 1988), the President is authorized to direct federal agencies to provide emergency assistance to save lives and protect property, public health, and safety in emergencies. "The Federal Response Plan" developed by FEMA in the early 1990s is the operational blueprint for the implementation of the Stafford Act in responding to all disasters and emergencies. The plan is a cooperative agreement signed by all 26 federal agencies and the American Red Cross for providing services when there is a need for federal response assistance following any type of disaster or emergency. The plan outlines a problem-oriented or functional approach to identifying the types of federal assistance that a state is most likely to need following a major disaster. Emergency support functions are grouped into 12 categories, such as food, health and medical services, transportation, and communications. For each emergency support function, one agency is charged with being the major provider of the service, with several other agencies responsible for supporting the primary agency. For health and medical services, the primary agency is the US Department of Health and Human Services.
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Preparing for Armageddon, Natural Disasters, Nuclear Strikes, the Zombie Apocalypse, and Every Other Threat to Human Life on Earth. Most of us have thought about how we would handle various types of scenarios that could signal the end of the world. There are plenty of movies on the subject, psychological papers, and even survivalists that are part of reality TV shows. Perhaps you have had dreams about being one of the few left and what you would do in order to survive.