The term “natural disaster” means any hurricane, tornado, storm, flood, high water, wind-driven water, tidal wave, tsunami, earthquake, volcanic eruption, landslide, mudslide, snowstorm, drought, fire, or other catastrophe in any part of the United States which causes, or which may cause, substantial damage or injury to civilian property or persons.
The term “organizational equipment” means equipment determined by the Administrator to be necessary to an emergency preparedness organization, as distinguished from personal equipment, and of such a type or nature as to require it to be financed in whole or in part by the Federal Government. Such term does not include those items which the local community normally uses in combating local disasters, except when required in unusual quantities dictated by the requirements of the emergency preparedness plans.
The term “materials” includes raw materials, supplies, medicines, equipment, component parts and technical information and processes necessary for emergency preparedness.
The term “facilities”, except as otherwise provided in this subchapter, includes buildings, shelters, utilities, and land.
The term “Administrator” means the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The term “neighboring countries” includes Canada and Mexico.
The term “State” includes interstate emergency preparedness authorities established under section 5196(h) of this title.
The terms “national defense” and “defense,”  as used in the Defense Production Act of 1950 (50 U.S.C. App. 2061 et seq.), includes 1 emergency preparedness activities conducted pursuant to this subchapter.