Natural Disasters Taking a Toll on States


NCSL press release Denver—As of August 23, the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) has declared 37 major disasters for severe storms nationwide. The most recent, Hurricane Harvey, made landfall in Texas last weekend leaving thousands without power, food and shelter.

With the FEMA disaster relief fund down to $3.3 billion, any additional funding will require an appropriation from Congress. This leaves states left with financial responsibility and thinning resources.

The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) has updated information on 2017 state legislation, disaster food assistance programs, and developing emergency preparedness tools.


NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.