Government Organizations Links
Since the tragedy of 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, shootings, and the number of recent global terrorist attacks, the United States Federal Government has taken major steps in creating solutions to reduce human casualties as well as the negative effects of livelihood. In this section, REPS compiled a list of links to key agencies that individuals, families and businesses should be familiar with since many of the departments, administrations, and organizations offer assistance for preparedness, response, and/or recovery.
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This division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services promotes the social and economic well-being of children, families, and other individuals with effective delivery of human services.
In 2012, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) created the Administration for Community Living in order to support people with disabilities and older adults with the essentials they need in order to live at home.
A division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that promotes self-sufficiency for Native Americans by providing grant funding for eligible tribes and native organizations for community-based projects.
This website provides information about disasters that would affect health and safety, including anthrax, smallpox, chemical weapons, biological weapons, radiologic emergencies. It also provides fact sheets that give an in-depth description of toxins that could be used as chemical warfare. There are HAZMAT training tools for first responders as well.
This website provides a list of financial assistance support based on the disaster’s effect on one's life whether it was emotional, financial, property, etc.
See website for your inquiry.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is a principal law enforcement agency within the United States Department of Justice dedicated to preventing terrorism, reducing violent crime, and protecting our Nation. ATF performs the dual responsibilities of enforcing Federal criminal laws and regulating the firearms and explosives industries.
This organization is primarily concerned with preparing citizens for disasters, and promotes a range of measures for you to make your family, your home, and your community safer from the threats of crime, terrorism, and disasters of all kinds. The site features many resources, including publications and brochures, that are intended to prepare individuals for disasters.
This website allows professionals to engage to the communities. The forum allows communities to reach to their legislators to advocate their desired topics.
This volunteer organization provides response to major disasters, including hurricanes. On the website, individuals can learn how to get involved, or find information about how to receive help from volunteers associated with thousands of nonprofit and faith-based groups.
See website since phone number depends on inquiry.
Established in 2006, the DAIP provides disaster survivors with guidance accessing and applying for disaster assistance through their partnerships with government and private organizations.
This agency’s site provides information about planning for disasters, dealing with disaster debris, fact sheets for flood cleanup, hurricane support, tornado support, wildfire support, and information about many other types of disasters.
See website since phone number depends on inquiry.
This segment of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides information about regulating indoor air quality in the event of a disaster, especially focusing on floods, and how the mold resulting from them can harm your health if a flooded area is not properly cleaned.
The FBI investigates counterterrorism, counterintelligence, organized crime, and more. The main site has a link to the Office of Victim Assistance, which ensures that victims of crimes receive the rights to which they are entitled and assistance to help them cope with the impact of crime. The site also provides information about the FBI’s “Disaster Squad,” a group of 40 people who are responsible for identifying victims in major disasters, such as airplane crashes.
The FCC is an independent United States government agency, directly responsible to Congress. The FCC was established by the Communications Act of 1934 and is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. These communications can be used in times of disasters. The FCC's jurisdiction covers the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. possessions.
FEMA provides information on most disasters, its respective preparedness, protection, mitigation, and response. The site provides specific tips for individuals with special needs, pet owners, livestock owners, and other specific groups who need to create disaster plans. Individuals who have been affected by disasters may also look for grants and assistance that are available from FEMA. This website offers NIMS training classes for first responders as well.
An office of the U.S. Department of Education, Federal Student Aid, offers aid and information on their website for eligible individuals whose lives were impacted by a disaster.
Community Emergency Response Team contains volunteers who are trained to respond to disasters. FEMA offers training classes and materials in response skills such as fire safety, search and rescue, and disaster medical operations. The website provides a location for finding local CERT programs for prospect volunteers.
See website for your local CERT program.
Hurricane relief information can be found related to the following topics: Coverage, Eligibility and Enrollment, EMTALA, Medicaid, Medicare Advantage, Medicare Fee for Service, Prescription Drug, Provider Survey & Certification, Quality Improvement Organizations/End-Stage Renal Disease Networks (QIO/ESRD Networks), Section 1135, and State Health Insurance Programs (SHIPs).
This database provides the capability to search for missing family members and friends through providing their name, sex, race, date of birth, and other identifiers.
NOAA's National Weather Service provides weather, hydrologic, and climate forecasts and warnings for the United States, its territories, adjacent waters and ocean areas, for the protection of life and property and the enhancement of the national economy. NOAA's websites, including NWS, provide all types of weather warnings and forecasts for the United States and its surrounding territory, including hurricane, tornado, earthquake, tsunami, severe cold and hot storms, etc. NOAA's websites provide extensive information about what to do in the event of such emergencies.
See website for your local NWS.
This site provides information about how to keep workers safe during cleanup and recovery efforts, especially disasters such as natural, chemical, biological, radiation, and explosives. It discusses environmental hazards, health, and safety. There are training tools available on the website, as well as grant information.
A website that provides tips for disaster preparation, such as what should be included in an emergency supply kit, and information about how families can make their own emergency plans, including a template that can be used to get you started. There is special information for the elderly, people with disabilities and special needs, and pet owners.
Individuals can find information about the agency's primary investigative mission: to safeguard the payment and financial systems of the United States. Since 1984, the Secret Service's investigative responsibilities have expanded to include crimes that involve financial institution fraud, computer and telecommunications fraud, false identification documents, access device fraud, advance fee fraud, electronic funds transfers and money laundering as it relates to the agency's core violations. To combat these crimes, the Secret Service has adopted a proactive approach that utilizes advanced technologies.
The TSA was created after the attack of 9/11 in order prevent future attacks in the future. The TSA is dedicated to protect the nation's transportation system to ensure freedom of movement for people and commerce.
This database can be used to search a multitude of government websites for information about disasters, being prepared for them, and how to receive assistance if you have been the victim of a disaster. Sites searched include FEMA, the USDA, and more.
The Department of Agriculture provides leadership on food, agriculture, rural development, nutrition, and natural resources. The organization strives to help rural America thrive, promote agriculture, protect and improve forests, watersheds, and private working lands. During disasters, the organization deploys the Food and Nutrition Service that coordinates providing food for shelters and distributing foods to households. The organization helps provide food assistance using programs such as SNAP and WIC.
The government organization intends to foster educational excellence in order to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness and ensure equal opportunities.
By providing effective health and human services and fostering advances in medicine, public health, and social services, the Department of Health and Human Services intends to enhance and protect and health and well-being of all Americans.
The DHS was created to protect the American people whether it is online or offline. Their website includes information regarding preparedness, disaster assistance, and grant programs.
HUD strives to create sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for everyone. In order to strengthen the economy and protect consumers, HUD works to bolster the housing market.
The Department of the Interior protects and manage American’s natural resources and cultural heritage. The DoI also supplies energy to power the American infrastructure.
The DoJ defends the interests and enforces the law of the United States and ensures public safety against foreign and domestic threats. The department also ensure just punishment for guilty individuals as well as fair and impartial justice for all Americans.
The DoL fosters, promotes, and develops the welfare of the working class, job prospects, retirees of America. Additionally, the organization works to improve working conditions, create jobs, and ensure adherence to labor benefits, rights, and laws.
The DoT is responsible for promoting overall economic prosperity by ensuring global economic growth, providing financial advice for the President, maintaining the financial infrastructure of the United States, among many other roles. The department ensures financial security by implementing economic sanctions against foreign threats and improving safeguards of the nation’s financial systems.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides comprehensive assistance for veterans and their families. There are three programs that VA has established for veterans which are Veterans Benefits Administration, Veterans Health Administration, and National Cemetery Administration. These programs intend to help veterans financially and medically as well as honor them after they have passed away.
The OPM is the human resources department for federal employees which includes job postings, background checks, enforcing merit systems of Federal civil service, benefits management, providing training programs, and implementing and maintaining government personnel policies.
This independently operated government organization provides an affordable universal delivery system that reaches to every address in the United States. In order to deliver mail efficiently and effectively, the USPS has one of the largest computer networks in the world.
The SBA is an information hub for small businesses to obtain counseling, loans, contracts, and entrepreneurial development. The SBA is an advocate for small businesses to ensure regulations do not impact them negatively and testifies on their behalf. The administration also conducts research on small businesses and its respective environment.
The SSA works to combat poverty in America by providing Social Security benefits such as retirement and disability. The administration also strives to maintain the security of everyone’s social security number and related personal information and also educates the public about protecting their own information.
The FTC works for the consumer to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop, and avoid them. At the FTC website, consumers who have been victimized by a particular company or organization, including Identity Theft and fraud, may file official complaints by using a secure online form.
The NIH website is a bibliographic database that can be searched to find information about a variety of disaster topics, including hurricanes, with a special focus on the elderly. Furthermore, NIH seeks to understand the nature of aging and supports the elderly population’s extending health.