Although few events rise to the level of a Presidential disaster declaration, when such an event occurs, the response and recovery efforts from the local level to the federal level are complex and challenging. The President can declare a major disaster for any natural or man-made event – such as a hurricane, tornado, storm, high water, wind-driven water, tidal wave, tsunami, earthquake, volcanic eruption, landslide, mudslide, snowstorm, or drought, or, regardless of cause, fire, flood, or explosion – that he or she determines has caused damage of such severity that it is beyond the combined capabilities of state and local governments to respond. A major disaster declaration triggers a wide range of federal assistance programs for individuals and public infrastructure.
Help! Contact information and immediate salvage steps for cultural stewards and the public
Information for cultural stewards and emergency managers on current disasters
Information to help cultural stewards understand the process to obtain federal disaster assistance
A record of past disaster information disseminated by the Heritage Emergency National Task Force