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(7,432 posts)
Mon Oct 23, 2023, 05:20 PM Oct 2023

What brilliant leader created FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Authority?

Jimmy Carter.

President Carter signed Executive Order 12127, effective April 1, 1979, establishing FEMA. Shortly after, in signing Executive Order 12148 on July 20, 1979, President Carter gave the agency the dual mission of emergency management and civil defense.

I was rewatching the old disaster movie 'The Day After Tomorrow' today. There's a moving scene depicting millions of Americans seeking shelter in Mexico from a massive latitudinal icestorm -- all being fed and sheltered by the Federal Emergency Management Authority.

Republicans tend to want to cut important programs, sell off the United States to the wealthy, and coddle up to foreign dictators for profit and power -- especially lately.

Democrats take care to preserve and protect the nation we live in.

Jimmy Carter was the first president I could vote for. Still proud of that day.

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What brilliant leader created FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Authority? (Original Post) byronius Oct 2023 OP
Like many things, it had a history. Igel Oct 2023 #1
Carter is a class act PERIOD malaise Oct 2023 #2
Carter is ..."TOTAL CLASS" ...Thank You for the post....byronius Stuart G Oct 2023 #5
I also voted for Carter, though McGovern was my first. ananda Oct 2023 #3
My brother said the same thing malaise Oct 2023 #6
Carter is my second favorite D Prez of my lifetime ArkansasDemocrat1 Oct 2023 #4


(35,530 posts)
1. Like many things, it had a history.
Mon Oct 23, 2023, 05:39 PM
Oct 2023

In '73 was established the Federal Disaster Assistance Administration. (Yeah, that shifts some of the glory away from Carter to an evil person.)

It grouped a number of things, including flood disaster recovery that Congress made part of the ACE in the '40s. Like the EPA, it was created under the auspices of a presidential directive from 1970. We were a reorganization of existing capacities, not a creation of capacities ex nihilo by Congress.

The Executive is in charge of organization; Congress, in our Democracy, is in charge of granting most authorities enjoyed by the Executive to the Executive.


(1,523 posts)
4. Carter is my second favorite D Prez of my lifetime
Mon Oct 23, 2023, 07:41 PM
Oct 2023

He was 1st until Biden. Then Obama. Then Clinton. And Johnson is a distant 5th. LBJ will never not be last because Vietnam and not firing Hoover upon taking office. And abandoning his unpopular actions to be cleaned up by others by not seeking re-election, thus costing us who knows how much incumbent mojo votes vis-a-vis Tricky Dick.

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