was created in 1979, when President Jimmy Carter joined five different
agencies and four different programs into one agency dedicated to planning
for and helping after an emergency.
- FEMA headquarters is located in Washington, D.C.
- FEMA has 10 regional offices across the country.
- FEMA is a small agency with only 2,600 full-time workers, and nearly
4,000 other workers called Disaster Assistance Employees. These other
workers are on stand-by to respond after a disaster happens. They travel
to the disaster and may live there for weeks or even months while a
- FEMA works with voluntary agencies such as the
American Red Cross and other government departments to help people affected