Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act of 1988 Law and Legal Definition

Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act was signed into law on November 23, 1988. It amended the Disaster Relief Act of 1974. This Act constitutes the statutory authority for most Federal disaster response activities especially as they pertain to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and FEMA programs. The Act gives FEMA the responsibility for coordinating government-wide relief efforts. It implements the Federal Response Plan which includes the contributions of 28 federal agencies and non-governmental organizations, such as the American Red Cross. It is named for Robert Stafford, who helped pass the law. This Act was later amended by the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 and Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act and modified by the Post Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006 .