12th Foreign Disaster Emergency Relief Report: Fiscal Year 1972/73, Agency for International Development
It was during ,this period that the disaster relief function was raised from a divisional level to one of the major offices in the Bureau for Population and Humanitarian Assistance. A Center was designed and equipped, and a Disaster Tamsk Force Reserve was created, manned by volunteers from various A.I.D. and State Department units to provide personnel for disaster. duty around the clock. The Center was planned to
improve the efficiency of U. S. emergency relief activities, to respond more effectively to massive reaction of the U.S. public to major foreign catastrophes, and to facilitate the interchange of current disaster intelligence among members of the domestic and international disaster relief communities.