Federal Emergency Management Agency

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) supports our citizens and first responders ensuring that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. FEMA:

  • Provides leadership and technical and financial assistance, including guidance on Individual Assistance, Public Assistance, and Hazard Mitigation Program eligibility.
  • Identifies relevant Federal programs and incentives that support the preservation, protection, conservation, rehabilitation, recovery, and restoration of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCR).
  • Promotes the principles of sustainable communities through the protection of natural resources, such as coastal barriers and zones, floodplains, wetlands, and other natural resources critical to risk reduction.
  • Encourages cultural institutions to develop and implement strategies for the protection of cultural collections and essential records.
  • Issues State Preparedness Reports with information on how well States are meeting their capability targets for the NCR core capability.
  • Provides geospatial information by developing new or adapting existing applications such as FEMA GeoPlatform.
  • Provides Mitigation Advisor to the Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator to help identify threats and hazards while supporting State and local decision makers in selecting lasting recovery solutions.
  • Provides a Mitigation Assessment Team, if criteria are met, consisting of building science experts from the combined resources of Local, State, Tribal, Territorial, and Insular Area governments, and private sector partnerships.
  • Manages a Lessons Learned Information Sharing system, recently consolidated with the Naval Postgraduate School’s Homeland Security Digital Library (HDSL.org), which is a knowledge repository for emergency management partners and stakeholders to identify and submit lessons learned and best practices regarding all 31 core capabilities and threat/hazard specific information.
  • Coordinates where appropriate, the FEMA Public Assistance and Environmental and Historic Preservation staff review of projects that may directly or indirectly impact other Federally-funded projects.
  • Provides agencies via a Data Sharing Agreement Content Guide available on the Unified Federal Review website, with a starting point to quickly develop an Environment and Historic Preservation data-sharing agreement between Local, Federal, State, Tribal, Territorial, and Insular Area governments, and non-governmental entities.

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