FEMA’s mission is to support our first responders and ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. FEMA Region IV is responsible for these efforts in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
To carry out FEMA's mission, Region IV is divided into six divisions:
- Grants Management - manages federal assistance to state, local, tribal and non-profit organizations to measurably improve capability and reduce the risks faced in times of man-made and natural disasters.
- Mission Support - provides human capital, financial, communications/computer, safety, security, facility management, and contracting support for the day-to-day operations for the region.
- Mitigation - manages the National Flood Insurance Program and a range of programs designed to reduce future losses to homes, businesses, schools, public buildings and critical facilities from floods, earthquakes, tornadoes and other natural disasters.
- National Preparedness - oversees the coordination and development strategies necessary to prepare for all-hazards.
- Recovery - works to ensure that individuals and communities affected by disasters of all sizes are able to return to normal function with minimal suffering and disruption of services; and
- Response - coordinates all federal emergency management response operations, response planning, logistics programs and integration of federal, state, tribal and local disaster programs.