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Authority of FEMA to Provide Disaster Assistance to Seattle Hebrew Academy

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The Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act of 1974 and its implementing regulations permit the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide federal disaster assistance for the reconstruction of Seattle Hebrew Academy, a private religious school that was damaged in an earthquake in 2001.

The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment does not pose a barrier to the Academy’s receipt of such aid.

Updated June 26, 2015