Electric cooperatives depend on FEMA’s Assistance Program to help restore electric power to consumer members after presidentially declared natural disasters including floods, fires, hurricanes, tornadoes and ice storms. Disasters can have a disproportionate impact on electric cooperatives and their member-consumers, due in large part to small communities having to share the cost of recovery. Without this assistance to help manage storm response expenses and ensure smooth recoveries from major natural disasters, many co-op member-consumers living in disaster-stricken areas would face significantly higher electric rates.