The heaviest impact of disasters is on the local area. Therefore, when FEMA is giving out money it should prioritize it's initial and greatest efforts and expenditures on their the local citizens and businesses that have been directly affected. Quickly resolving local issues and resuming local functions will bring greater local financial stability and enable the local citizenry to begin rapidly contributing once again to the state coffers! Current FEMA policies delay too long this return to functionality. There are much greater overall benefits to be derived from this focus of recovery than are currently derived by the present methods of support systems. Not only will the declaration of disasters be faster, the recovery will be more focused and efficient. Using local damage values will better identify where support is needed for those immediately and directly affected. The local politicians and governments know best where their needs are and monitoring of local actions by authorities can be better achieved. If local authorities screw up the proper handling of funds, they will be directly answerable to their own fellow residents of their communities. FEMA should serve as a data gathering and monitoring agency to ensure proper use of funds according to local needs. To accomplish this effectively, state agencies and FEMA should offer training for local governments in how to manage local actions in case of disaster, offering guidance to both local and state agencies and local governments advice, training resources and data collection services that can assist localities in assessing their performance and developing plans for change and improvements as needed.