Whatever the disaster, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, leads the federal government’s response as part of a team of responders.
Disaster can strike at any time and in any place, building slowly, or occurring suddenly without warning.
Since 9/11, DHS has made significant progress in how we respond to a wide range of threats, from natural disasters to coordinated attacks.
Disaster assistance is financial or direct assistance to individuals, families and businesses whose property has been damaged or destroyed and whose losses are not covered by insurance.
Every year, disasters put millions of Americans in danger and costs billions of dollars in property damage.
DHS works with all levels of government, the private and nonprofit sectors, and individual citizens to make our nation more resilient to acts of terrorism, cyber attacks, pandemics, and catastrophic natural disasters.
In the aftermath of a catastrophic event, DHS turns to its Surge Capacity Force, a cadre of federal employee heroes who help affected communities by supporting FEMA's urgent response and recovery efforts.
Training, technical assistance and exercise resources for citizens and first responders.