When disaster hits in the US, the federal government gives aid to states and counties, but also to individuals. In 2022, the Federal Emergency Management Agency delivered $3.25 billion to nearly 1.4 million households recovering from damaging floods and fires. The aid money helps cover things as large as home repairs and as small as diapers, drinking water, food and other necessities.

This aid regime was created by Congress: The Stafford Act of 1988 threw a lifeline to Americans who were not

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