FEMA's International Programs & Activities

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Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation: FEMA supports the Department of State and other U.S. departments and agencies' engagement in APEC's Emergency Preparedness Working Group by providing emergency management subject matter expertise and by participating in annual meetings of the EPWG's Senior Disaster Management Official's Forum.

Australia: As the Executive Agent of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Australian Attorney-General's Department and the Department of Homeland Security that was signed in April 2010, FEMA facilitates emergency management cooperation between Australia and the United States. Key areas of cooperation include lessons learned from recent disasters, training and education, and best practices in emergency management.

Canada: A number of emergency preparedness agreements exist between the U.S. and Canada, including the Agreement between the U.S. Government and the Government of Canada on Emergency Management Cooperation, signed in 2008. FEMA's engagements with Canada include Regional Emergency Management Advisory Committees; National Level Exercises; the Beyond the Border Initiative; multilateral forums; and bilateral training.

Chile: A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between FEMA and the Chilean National Office of Emergencies was signed in March 2011. Fulfilling the promise of a Letter of Intent signed between the two agencies in April 2010, following the catastrophic earthquake that struck Chile in February 2010, the MOU establishes a framework for emergency management capacity-building between the two countries.

European Union:  FEMA signed a Administrative Arrangement (PDF 63KB, TXT 6KB) with the European Union to collaborate on improved emergency and disaster management, including international coordination in mega-disasters.  By working together, both parties can achieve further reductions in disaster risk, enhance resiliency and foster enhanced cooperation in response to disasters.

Germany: FEMA cooperates with its German equivalent, the Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance within the German Ministry of Interior through the DHS-BMI Security Cooperation Group Working Group 6 on Emergency Management.

Israel: FEMA cooperates with Israeli's emergency management authorities under the authority of a DHS-Israel Memorandum of Understanding. FEMA is also the lead for the Emergency Management Work Stream Working Group under existing 2007 and 2008 DHS agreements with Israel.

Mexico: FEMA’s engagement with Mexico occurs at both the Federal and State level with a focus on training and exercises. Federal engagement occurs within the context of two formal agreements (signed in October 2008 and April 2011). State and local engagement involves U.S. participation as a non-voting member in meetings of the U.S.-Mexico Border Governors Conference Emergency and Civil Protection Work Table and the development of mutual assistance agreements between border states.   

NATO: In support of a 1988 Executive Order which assigned emergency preparedness responsibilities to various government agencies, FEMA serves as the U.S. lead for civil emergency planning at NATO and facilitates U.S. government participation on NATO's civil emergency planning committees.   

New Zealand: FEMA cooperates with its New Zealand counterpart, the Ministry of Civil Defense and Emergency Management, under the authority of a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) on emergency management signed in November 2010.  The MoC enables both countries to share lessons learned and best practices in emergency management.

Russia:  In 1996, the United States and Russia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Emergency Management.  In this MOU, FEMA and the Ministry of Emergency Situations (EMERCOM) of the Russian Federation were named the executive agents of the agreement and Co-Chairs of the Emergency Management Joint Committee.  In 2007, the United States and the Russian Federation signed a ten-year extension to the MOU.   In 2009, Presidents Obama and Medvedev created the Bilateral Presidential Commission (BPC), which they chair and Secretary of State Clinton and Foreign Minister Lavrov coordinate.  FEMA and EMERCOM were designated as Co-Chairs of the BPC Working Group (WG) on Emergency Situations.  Both the Joint Committee and the BPC WG meet on an annual basis to develop yearly work plans and examine the progress towards joint emergency management goals.

United Kingdom: Ongoing commitments with the United Kingdom include the U.S.-UK Joint Contact Group and an Agreement with DHS Science and Technology Agreement since 2004. Additionally, the U.S. Senior Representative to NATO collaborates closely with UK representatives to the NATO Senior Civil Emergency Planning Committee.

Last Updated: 
06/13/2012 - 17:16
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