The Stafford Act plays a key role in House of Cards. Here’s how that law works. – Vox

http://www.vox.com/2015/3/1/8129497/house-of-cards-stafford-act

The Stafford Act is having its Hollywood moment.

Passed in 1988, near the end of the Reagan administration, the act was meant to organize federal responses to national disasters and emergencies. Three decades later, it’s now playing a central role in the new season of House of Cards.