FEMA hosts more than 850 international visitors each year at FEMA headquarters, FEMA Regional Offices, and other FEMA facilities such as the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) and the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP). The International Affairs Division coordinates all foreign delegation visits to FEMA facilities and works with appropriate staff to determine if a visit request can be accommodated. Preference is given to delegations directly involved in emergency management and sponsored by the U.S. Government or foreign embassies or ministries.
For international delegations planning to visit FEMA, it is best to identify specific areas of interest for the proposed visit. A good starting point is the About FEMA page, which contains information about FEMA's mission, organizational structure, and links to key documents such as the Stafford Act, the National Response Framework, and the Post Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act.
Once an area of interest has been identified, the potential visitors must provide the International Affairs Division with the following information so that International Affairs can best meet the group's interests and needs:
- Proposed size of the group
- Country of origin
- Point of contact (POC) of requestor's organization
- Visitor's organizational type or affiliation (e.g. government, non-profit, etc.)
- Visitor's emergency management background or subject matter expertise
- Specific areas or topics of interest
- Expected outcomes
The following information for each member of the delegation also must be sent, in an approved datasheet, to the International Affairs Division, at least 25 days in advance of the proposed visit date, as it is required to gain entry into any FEMA facility. Approved datasheets may be obtained by emailing: FEMA-International@dhs.gov.
- Date of birth
- Place of birth (city, country)
- Country of Citizenship
- Passport number and expiration date
After all of the required information is received, the International Affairs Division will determine the availability of appropriate staff to meet visitors on the requested date, reserve adequate meeting space, and arrange for a staff member to escort the visitors into the facility.
Keep in mind: No cameras or weapons of any kind are allowed inside the FEMA facility. In addition, passports are the only kind of identification accepted on the day of the visit. Visitors must show their passports to gain entry into any FEMA facility, even if they have already been cleared by Security.