Cited Authority

Number of Team (dedicated/collateral) Members and Team’s Primary Location

Transportation Mode



Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. 5121 et. seq.

Size is dependent on the severity and magnitude of the incident. Collateral duty team members are geographically dispersed at Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters and 10 regional offices.

Travels by commercial, charter, or military aircraft, or ground transportation. Expected to arrive within 24 hours.



Public Law 96-295, dated June 30, 1980; Federal Radiological Emergency Response Plan.

Four teams located in Atlanta, Ga.; Lisle, Ill.; Arlington, Tex.; and King of Prussia, Penn., with 25 to 30 collateral duty members per team.

Travels by commercial or charter aircraft or ground transportation. Initial team expected to arrive within 6 to 12 hours.

They define arrival time as the number of hours in which the team is expected to reach the incident site after receiving notification. Department of Defense officials provided only deployment times for their teams.

Source: Our analysis and discussions with agency officials.

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