Disaster Emergency Information Center

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Stafford Act

The New Jersey State Library wishes to remind libraries damaged in a major disaster that they are eligible for federal assistance under the Stafford Act.

The Stafford Act authorizes federal assistance for temporary relocation of public libraries.  Libraries are now included in the list of public facilities that are eligible for federal assistance through FEMA with temporary relocation following a major disaster.

For the language in the Stafford Act, see http://www.fema.gov/9500-series-policy-publications/95233-provision-temporary-relocation-facilities. Eligible public facilities include facilities for police, fire protection/emergency services, medical care, education, libraries, utilities and other essential community services.

This change was announced in January 2011, by ALA: http://connect.ala.org/node/127510.