The Origins of American Emergency Management

In 1803 Congress passed an Act to provide financial assistance to victims of a New Hampshire fire.

In 1934 the Flood Control Act was passed, and in April of 1974 one-hundred and forty- eight states were hit by numerous twisters. The Disaster Relief Act was passed as a result.

There are many other examples of government intervention in the aftermath of disasters and other emergencies, including 9/11, and Hurricane Katrina.

In the present day, we are experiencing rising incidents of flooding, notably in areas that have not traditionally experienced it.


Reference:
http://www.emergency-management-degree.org/emt/