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Where is FEMA located?

FEMA has more than 3,700 full time employees that work at FEMA headquarters in Washington, D.C. and at offices across the country. FEMA works in partnership with other organizations as part of the nation’s emergency management system. The partners include the American Red Cross and 27 federal agencies and
state and local agencies.

Why was FEMA created?

FEMA was created to support first responders and citizens to work together to build, sustain, and improve the capability to protect against, prepare for, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards.

There are many different types of disasters that FEMA responds to that include, winter storms, tornadoes, volcanoes, wildfires, heat, hurricanes, landslides, floods, earthquakes, hazardous material and floods. Although, FEMA will assist in responding to these occurrences, it is most important for each person to prepare for themselves and their family until assistance can arrive.

FEMA also offers training opportunities on their website. Training is offered to individuals, business, teachers, farmers, tribal representatives, volunteer agencies and emergency management. Some of the topics covered are, Continuity of Operations (COOP), Emergency Management, Flood Mapping and National Incident Management Systems (NIMS).

National Incident Management System training is a tool that promotes nationwide implementation of NIMS. The goal is to make sure that systems can work well together and that qualified individuals are trained and understand core competencies. What this means to you is that trained first responders in your geographical location understand how to handle any incident in a unified way. There is an incident command system (ICS) that all first responders are trained in. Many government employees and volunteers have been trained also.

Many first responders and volunteers in your community have worked with FEMA in past incidents and will work with them again in future disasters or emergencies. The more people train together, learn how to work together in a unified manner and exercise together over town, city, county and country boundaries, the better off we all will be when responding. Bottom line is that you must prepare to take care of you and your family because FEMA cannot be everywhere at one time. It is crucial that you take responsibility and make a response kit, a first aid kit, plan and test your plan in order to stay safe.