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The OpenFEMA initiative provides approved mission relevant data for stakeholders to leverage in value-added ways such as research, analysis, app development, and other purposes.


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 data for public consumption, both by posting and refreshing static datasets and working to establish near real-time data feeds.
  • Engage external partners to leverage FEMA's data to achieve meaningful results and improve operational outcomes in support of first responders and survivors.


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:

If you have ideas or suggestions email


FEMA offers some of its public data in machine readable format via an Application Programming Interface (API). Click here to access FEMA's developer resources and read the API terms & conditions.


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

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OpenFEMA's collaboration topics allow users to submit their ideas, our community discusses and votes for ideas and the best ideas bubble up to the top. These collaboration topics hope to generate discussion on a number of topics, including:

  • Using FEMA's datasets
  • Ways to improve  your experience using FEMA datasets
  • Other areas of focus for future datasets

Feel free to comment on or discuss any of these issues on OpenFEMA's collaboration topic discussion board.

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Disclaimer: FEMA does not endorse any private or non-profit entities, but provides this data on its web site for informational purposes only.

Last Updated: 
01/15/2015 - 00:57
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