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Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Organization. A Small Independent Federal Agency Headquartered in Washington, D.C. 10 Regions, Caribbean Office & Hawaii Two Training Centers Full-Time Work Force of About 2000 Disaster Reserve Force of About 7000 Directed by Presidential Appointee.

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Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Organization

  • A Small Independent Federal Agency

  • Headquartered in Washington, D.C.

  • 10 Regions, Caribbean Office & Hawaii

  • Two Training Centers

  • Full-Time Work Force of About 2000

  • Disaster Reserve Force of About 7000

  • Directed by Presidential Appointee


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FEMA Mission

  • “The mission of FEMA is to reduce the loss of life and property and protect our institutions from all hazards by leading and supporting the Nation in a comprehensive, risk-based emergency management program of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.” (James Lee Witt, February 19, 1997)


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FEMA Vision

  • Informed Public--Protecting Families, Homes, Workplaces, Communities, Livelihoods from Disasters.

  • Disaster Resilient Communities.

  • Public and Private Sector Prepared to Respond.

  • Pre-Disaster Recovery/Reconstitution Plans


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Keys to Saving Lives and Reducing Disaster Costs

  • Prevention

  • Smart Government

  • Community Responsibility


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Derivative FEMA Goals

  • Partnerships With Other Organizations

  • National Emergency Management System

  • Establish Mitigation Priority

  • Rapid and Effective Disaster Response

  • Strengthen S&L Emergency Management


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FEMA Organization

  • Mitigation Directorate

  • Preparedness, Training and Exercises Dir.

  • Response and Recovery Directorate

  • Federal Insurance Administration

  • United States Fire Administration

  • Operations Support Directorate, and

  • Information Technology Services Dir.


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Selected FEMA Activities

  • Coordinates Federal Disaster Response

  • Customer Service Disaster Response

  • Practical Research Applications

  • EM Professional Development

  • Community Disaster Education

  • Integrated & Specific Hazard Programs

  • Promotes Mitigation Philosophy


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Major FEMA Program Areas

  • Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program

  • Dam Safety Program

  • National Earthquake Hazard Reduction

  • Fire Programs

  • National Flood Insurance

  • Hazardous Materials

  • Hurricane Preparedness

  • National Search/Rescue

  • Radiological Emergency Preparedness

  • Project Impact