Federal-level Partners

Numerous federal agencies and departments are partners in the nation's emergency management system. Before disaster, they participate in training exercises and conduct a variety of activities to help the nation prepare for disasters. For example, the Federal Communications Commission and the Commerce Department's National Weather Service provide on-going warning and disaster tracking services.

In a catastrophic disaster, FEMA coordinates the federal response, working with 28 federal partners and the American Red Cross to provide emergency food and water, medical supplies and services, search and rescue operations, transportation assistance, environmental assessment, and more.

The National Disaster Medical System is a partnership set up to provide emergency medical services in a disaster, involving FEMA, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Defense, the Veterans Administration, as well as public and private hospitals across the country.

Last Modified: Sunday, 01-Apr-2007 15:53:31 EDT