Thursday, November 1, 2018

Federal Document of the Month

The SD State Library is a federal depository library and provides access to print and electronic federal government publications. Print publications are available via interlibrary loan. Electronic publications are linked from the state library online catalog.

Hurricanes, floods, FEMA. Those three terms seem to appear a lot together during hurricane season. While South Dakotans are not affected by hurricanes directly, residents often have family, friends, and maybe even property in a hurricane prone area.

On April 1, 1979, President Jimmy Carter signed the executive order that created the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

FEMA produces a large number of federal publications. Titles like the following can be found in many library collections. Electronic publications are also numerous and can be found by searching the Catalog of Government Publications at

Above the Flood and After a Flood Federal Documents

  • Above the flood : elevating your floodprone house / Federal Emergency Management Agency. Call Numbers: FEM 1.2:F 65/14
  • After a flood : the first steps / Federal Emergency Management Agency, American Red Cross. Call Numbers: HS 5.102:F 65/5

You may notice the difference in call numbers of the two FEMA publications listed above. FEM at one time was the call number designation for FEMA. That call number has now become part of the Homeland Security (HS) call number area, so older publications will be found under FEM, while more recent publications are HS.