Natural Hazards

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is responsible for monitoring and reporting earthquakes, volcanoes, stream and river levels and landslides as well as providing scientific information to mitigate the impact of these disasters.  They also operate the National Wildlife Health Center which focuses on issues related to biological hazards, wildlife health and the monitoring of animals for zoonotic diseases, like avian flu, which can be transmitted to humans.  Additional information on the science programs which support emergency management are available on the U.S. Geological Survey website. 

Wildland Fires

The Office of Wildland Fire oversees the Department's fire program which spans multiple bureaus including the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  In addition, the Department collaborates with federal, state, local, and tribal partners to provide an integrated system for response to wildland fires across the Nation.  Additional information is available from the National Interagency Coordination Center and the regional Geographic Area Coordination Centers.

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