WASHINGTON -- Major disasters designated by President Reagan in 1981 were slightly more than one-half the number of those declared in recent years, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said Wednesday.
The agency, in a year-end summary, said 15 major disasters were declared during 1981, compared to an average of 28 per year in the past.
It noted the level of assistance required under the Disaster Relief Act of 1974 was well below average in every category this year.
In 1981, it said, 10,301 individuals or families registered for disaster recovery aid at disaster assistance centers. Comparable figures for recent years have been much higher: 88,168 individuals in 1978; and 106,357 in 1977.
The agency estimated total federal disaster obligations to be $149 million for 1981, compared to an annual average of $1.3 billion over the last four years.
Severe storms and flooding accounted for 11 disaster declarations with tornadoes included in four of them. One disaster was called for American Samoa for Typhoon Esau, one in Kentucky for a sewer explosion and two for fires, one in Masssachusetts and one in the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands.
The following is a list of the major disasters declared by Reagan during 1981:
Alabama: April 10, tornadoes, severe storms and flooding; May 14, severe storms and flooding.
American Samoa: March 24, Typhoon Esau.
Illinois: June 30, severe storms, flooding and tornadoes.
Kansas: July 18, severe storms, flooding and tornadoes.
Kentucky: March 17, sewer explosion.
Massachusetts: Dec. 3, urban fire.
Montana: May 27, severe storms and flooding.
Nevada: August 28, severe storms and flooding.
Ohio: June 16, severe storms, flooding and tornadoes.
Oklahoma: Nov. 4, severe storms and flooding.
Pennsylvania: June 15, severe storms and flooding.
Texas: Sept. 21, sever storms and flooding; Oct. 23, severe storms and flooding.
Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands: Sept. 29, fire.