FEMA :. The Role It Plays in Coastal Management. FEMA’s Mission Statement.
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The Role It Plays in
To reduce loss of life and property and protect our nation's critical infrastructure from all types of hazards through a comprehensive, risk-based, emergency management program of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.
As defined by FEMA, a disaster can strike anytime, anywhere. It takes many forms -- a hurricane, an earthquake, a tornado, a flood, a fire or a hazardous spill, an act of nature or an act of terrorism. It builds over days or weeks, or hits suddenly, without warning.
FEMA attempts to protect coastal residents and visitors by bringing together several federal agencies for the purpose of aiding and, if necessary, evacuating stranded people (and animals), assessing storm damage and providing financial assistance, educating the public about living with coastal hazards, cleaning up in the aftermath of a natural disaster, and studying coastal erosion rates.
Project Impact Hurricane Expo 2001, sponsored in part by FEMA, was held at Trask Coliseum this past June. The expo focused on preparing for, and mitigating damage from storm-related flooding and other natural disasters.