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General Information

Purpose

The purpose of this assignment is to

provide you with basic information about disaster operations. This workbook will provide guidance and procedures regarding activities in support of the Federal

Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Working for FEMA, you should be familiar with:

FEMA's mission, values, and goals.
The provisions of the Stafford Act.

All aspects of the relief process.
Federal, State, local, private, and volun-
teer interests and organizations.

FEMA disaster assistance programs and
how they operate.

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Acting as the lead agency for the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program.

Chairing the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board.

Developing community awareness programs for weather emergencies and home safety.

Prepare and Be Aware

FEMA's Organizational
Structure and Major
Functions

Funding is provided to seven major

program offices to support emergency management. These program offices include: Mitigation Directorate; Preparedness, Training and Exercises Directorate; Response and Recovery Directorate; Federal Insurance Administration; United States Fire Administration; Operations Support Directorate; and the Information Technology Services Directorate. (A FEMA national organizational chart is shown on the next page of this workbook.)

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The Mitigation Directorate initiates programs and studies to lessen the effects of natural and technological disasters upon life and property. This Directorate also assists in the recovery from declared disasters by providing technical and financial assistance to State and local governments, and to small business and individual property owners. The following are examples of the types of goods and services provided by the Mitigation Directorate:

All-hazard public information materials. Architectural, engineering, and technical assistance for the mitigation of all natural hazard specific services.

☐ Cost and benefit analyses.

Hurricane surge annotation and
evacuation route planning.

☐ Community and interest group meetings. Mitigation, response and recovery, and loss estimation studies for all natural hazards.

Flood hazard and erosion studies and
surveys.

Flood map revision, distribution, storage,
and print processing.

Information Technology Services Directorate

The Information Technology Services Directorate provides computer network services and support for the Agency. In addition, this Directorate provides communications support and develops computer applications to serve the Agency's various needs.

Preparedness, Training and Exercises Directorate

The Preparedness, Training and Exercises Directorate develops training programs for Federal, State, and local government and private sector personnel in preparation for emergency management assignments. In addition, this Directorate develops comprehensive emergency management exercises for Federal, State, and local governments to test their skills.

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