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State Role and Resposibility
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FEMA Presidential Declared Disasters in the U.S. by Calendar Year
FEMA Region VIII Disaster History
FEMA Region VIII
What is the Public Assistance program?
Once a Presidential disaster is declared, the South Dakota Public Assistance Program is initiated. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants money to the state of South Dakota to help rebuild destroyed public related and private non profit facilities to pre-disaster existence.
Why would a Presidential disaster be declared?
A Presidential disaster could be a result of any natural disaster, which includes floods, tornadoes, winter storms, and wildfires.
How is a Presidential disaster declared?
The local jurisdiction would respond to the incident. If the county determines the event to be beyond its capability to manage, the county commission declares a disaster, requesting help from the state. The state assesses the damages and determines whether to request a Presidential Disaster Declaration.
How much damage is required before requesting a Presidential
To qualify for federal assistance, the state must document more than one million dollars of damage to public infrastructure statewide and the county must meet the current FEMA per capita dollar amount of damage.
How much damage is required before requesting financial assistance
from the state?
To qualify for state financial assistance, the county must expend two mills of its assessed valuation for emergency or disaster purposes within the twelve months preceding the request under an emergency or disaster declaration by the governor.
What actions should take place during a disaster?