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 Hanania said some Cicero residents received payments from FEMA about a decade ago after the town and other nearby communities were declared a disaster area due to flooding. Paige Fry, chicagotribune.com, 24 Dec. 2021 Hutchinson said previously that total uninsured losses from the tornadoes would need to be $5 million for the state to be declared a federal disaster area. Rachel Herzog, Arkansas Online, 21 Dec. 2021 In the case of Covid, the SBA determined the entire country was a disaster area, allowing every business to apply for these loans. Allbusiness, Forbes, 6 Nov. 2021 In response to a reporter's question, Hutchinson said the amount of damage would need to be between $4 million and $5 million to reach the threshold for the area to be declared a federal disaster area. Bill Bowden, Arkansas Online, 15 Dec. 2021 Despite a small improvement in 2021, the balance sheet still looks like a disaster area to me. John Dorfman, Forbes, 6 Dec. 2021 After the accident, Russian news agencies reported that the Listvyazhnaya mine director, his deputy and disaster area supervisor were all arrested over alleged safety violations, per the BBC. Aaron Parsley, PEOPLE.com, 26 Nov. 2021 In 1983, the dump, by then called PJP Landfill, was declared a Superfund site, an environmental disaster area to be cleaned up. New York Times, 18 Nov. 2021 Wayne and Washtenaw counties were declared a national disaster area. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 21 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of disaster area

1911, in the meaning defined above

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3 Jan 2022

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“Disaster area.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disaster%20area. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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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)
: a place that is very messy or dirty


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