OpenFEMA is FEMA's vision for Open Government that embraces the tenants of transparency, participation and collaboration to support citizens and first responders to increase government accountability, innovation and effectiveness. OpenFEMA supports the DHS Open Government plan by proactively publishing data sets relevant to its mission in open formats that are easily accessed, engaging in dialogue with citizens, private sector and non-governmental organizations and supporting new flagship initiatives.
FEMA has a long history of engaging non-profits, local communities and, non-governmental organizations and private entities to prepare for, protect from, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards. This initiative aims to ensure FEMA is providing timely, usable and accurate information to constituents - specifically, data in a raw format. This enables stakeholders to leverage the data in innovative and value-added ways. Most importantly, by proactively releasing information on an ongoing basis, it will be easier to operationalize live data in times of a disaster.
The mission of the OpenFEMA initiative is to expand and promote a culture of Open Government among the Agency and build public trust among the Whole Community; to increase transparency, participation, and collaboration in support of the Nation’s ability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards.
- Release high-value data sets on an ongoing basis, so it is easier to find and more accessible for the public in times of a disaster
- Build a transparent and interactive connection with members of the public through an online dialogue with external constituencies
- Provide information and data in more useful formats to enable citizens, the private sector and non-government organizations to leverage the data in innovative and value-added ways
One of our main goals is to facilitate the release of FEMA high-value data sets. High-value datasets include data that: were previously not provided, continuously update, increase accountability and responsiveness, increase public knowledge, further the core mission of FEMA, create economic opportunity or respond to identified needs or demands. Recently, OpenFEMA partnered with the United States Fire Administration (USFA) to provide Fire Incident & Cause data which increases public knowledge and supports our mission by providing access to the public and first responders. FEMA recognizes the vast opportunities for increased citizen participation through the release of data. Visit our FEMA data sets on:
- FEMA Data Sets on Data.gov: http://www.data.gov/list/agency/23/24
- FEMA Data Feeds: http://www.fema.gov/data-feeds
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The OpenFEMA team consists of a diverse mix of dedicated and experienced FEMA employees, contractors and teaming partners under the FEMA Office of Chief Information Officer (OCIO). To contact our team for questions, comments or requests email email@example.com.
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