disaster area


Definition of disaster area

: an area officially declared to be the scene of an emergency created by a disaster and therefore qualified to receive certain types of governmental aid (such as emergency loans and relief supplies)

Examples of disaster area in a Sentence

After the hurricane, the state was declared a disaster area. His office is a disaster area. How can he find anything in all this clutter?

Recent Examples on the Web

The president late Monday agreed to a request by Gov. Jerry Brown to declare California a major disaster area, freeing up large amounts of federal aid. Jim Carlton, WSJ, "Hunt for Bodies Expands in Northern California as a Southern Blaze Is Largely Contained," 13 Nov. 2018 Damages exceeded five billion dollars, and 28 counties were declared disaster areas and units of The National Guard, Coast Guard, and even regular Houstonians rescued more than 7,000 people. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Remembering when Tropical Storm Allison flooded Houston," 11 June 2018 Wong is a Hilo native who lived only 20 minutes from the disaster area. Christopher Dawson, CNN, "How to help the Hawaii volcano victims," 8 May 2018 As of today at 11am ET, 5.2 percent of cell sites in the 21-county disaster area were out. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "12 days after hurricane, Verizon says Florida network is back to normal," 22 Oct. 2018 Federal law provides for the extension of tax deadlines in disaster areas. Joyce M. Rosenberg, The Seattle Times, "After disasters, IRS gives more time for returns, payments," 24 Sep. 2018 This law, found in Chapter 58 of the Texas Business and Commerce Code, provides other valuable protections for those rebuilding in disaster areas. Larry Abbott, Houston Chronicle, "GHBA: Here’s how to choose a pro contractor," 1 July 2018 President Jimmy Morales declared three days of mourning and toured shelters and the disaster area. Elisabeth Malkin, New York Times, "Guatemala Volcano’s Death Toll, Now at 65, Is Likely to Rise," 4 June 2018 The federal government operates an extensive medical corps that is dispatched into disaster areas as quickly as possible. Paul Sisson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Emergency medication management tips," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of disaster area

1911, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of disaster area

: an area where there has been a major disaster (such as a flood, tornado, or earthquake) and where people can receive special help from the government (such as money to rebuild homes or emergency supplies)
informal : a place that is very messy or dirty

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