United States Code

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§ 701.
In this title— 1
 See References in Text note below.
the term “Administrator” means the Administrator of the Agency;
the term “Agency” means the Federal Emergency Management Agency;
the term “appropriate committees of Congress” means—
the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate; and
those committees of the House of Representatives that the Speaker of the House of Representatives determines appropriate;
the term “catastrophic incident” means any natural disaster, act of terrorism, or other man-made disaster that results in extraordinary levels of casualties or damage or disruption severely affecting the population (including mass evacuations), infrastructure, environment, economy, national morale, or government functions in an area;
the term “Department” means the Department of Homeland Security;
the terms “emergency” and “major disaster” have the meanings given the terms in section 5122 of title 42;
the term “emergency management” means the governmental function that coordinates and integrates all activities necessary to build, sustain, and improve the capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, or mitigate against threatened or actual natural disasters, acts of terrorism, or other man-made disasters;
the term “emergency response provider” has the meaning given the term in section 101 of this title;
the term “Federal coordinating officer” means a Federal coordinating officer as described in section 5143 of title 42;
the term “individual with a disability” has the meaning given the term in section 12102 of title 42;
the terms “local government” and “State” have the meaning given the terms in section 101 of this title;
the term “National Incident Management System” means a system to enable effective, efficient, and collaborative incident management;
the term “National Response Plan” means the National Response Plan or any successor plan prepared under section 314(a)(6) of this title;
the term “Secretary” means the Secretary of Homeland Security;
the term “surge capacity” means the ability to rapidly and substantially increase the provision of search and rescue capabilities, food, water, medicine, shelter and housing, medical care, evacuation capacity, staffing (including disaster assistance employees), and other resources necessary to save lives and protect property during a catastrophic incident; and
the term “tribal government” means the government of an Indian tribe or authorized tribal organization, or in Alaska a Native village or Alaska Regional Native Corporation.
(Pub. L. 109–295, title VI, § 602, Oct. 4, 2006, 120 Stat. 1394.)
cite as: 6 USC 701