Disasters may require resources beyond the capabilities of the local or State authorities.
In response to Regional requests for support, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides mobile telecommunications, operational support, life support, and power generation assets for the on-site management of disaster and all-hazard activities.
The Disaster Emergency Communications Division has a small headquarters staff and six geographically dispersed Mobile Emergency Response Support (MERS) Detachments to:
- Meet the needs of the government emergency managers in their efforts to save lives, protect property, and coordinate disaster and all-hazard operations.
- Provide prompt and rapid multi-media communications, information processing, logistics, and operational support to Federal, State, and Local agencies during catastrophic emergencies and disasters for government response and recovery operations.
The MERS supports the Disaster Field Facilities. They support the Federal, State, and Local responders in their response to support disaster survivors.
This guide describes what telecommunications, logistics, and operational support are available, where they are located, how to obtain them, and what factors need to be considered.