This page is intended for technology organizations to provide you an overview of the program, frequently asked questions, and online trainings.
Technologies that enable communications, decision-making, and situational awareness are now essential to effective emergency management. The Tech Corps program was launched to resolve critical challenges experienced during federally declared disasters through innovative applications of technology in support of state, local, tribal and territorial governments and survivors.
The Tech Corps program engages private sector and nongovernmental organizations capable of providing voluntary expertise and resources during disasters. Three Technology and Innovation Advisors on FEMA’s national Incident Management Assistance Teams coordinate with recognized organizations to build a national network of skilled technology volunteers.
Through Tech Corps, trained technology volunteers can complement ongoing disaster response and recovery by working with state, local, tribal and territorial governments to:
- Install temporary networks;
- Enable internet connectivity, and telephone and radio communications;
- Provide other support, such as geographic information system (GIS) capacity, coding, and data analytics.
In June 2015, Cisco Systems, Google, Humanity Road, Information Technology Disaster Resource Center, Intel, Joint Communications Task Force and Microsoft signed Memoranda of Understanding with FEMA. The public-private partnership brings technology organizations already contributing to disaster support and assists in the coordination of that effort.
Who can be part of Tech Corps?
Tech Corps is open to organizations capable of providing trained technology volunteers or voluntary capabilities throughout the United States. While it is especially appropriate for technology organizations, other private sector organizations can also support by providing trained volunteers with technological skills and capabilities.
Where does Tech Corps operate?
Tech Corps supports state, local, tribal and territorial governments. Under the Tech Corps program, FEMA coordinates with Tech Corps partners operating in states or jurisdictions within the United States that have received a major disaster or emergency declaration from the President.
How do I get involved?
The Tech Corps program Memoranda of Understanding offers organizations an opportunity to participate in a formal collaboration with FEMA. Each Memoranda of Understanding is tailored to fit the member organization’s unique set of capabilities that it can provide to support a disaster on a voluntary basis. If your organization is capable of providing trained volunteers or capabilities, please contact us at FEMATech-Corps@fema.dhs.gov.
Does Tech Corps respond to cyber-attacks?
Tech Corps is not a cybersecurity initiative. While not designed specifically to combat the physical or IT challenges posed by a significant cyber disruption, Tech Corps has an all hazards mission. The National Protection and Programs Directorate is the lead component within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for cybersecurity and works with other agencies that focus on this critical area, while FEMA focuses on emergency and consequence management.
Understanding the fundamentals of disaster response and recovery is important for anyone who wants to participate effectively as part of the disaster response and recovery team. The links below include free, online training needed to build the capability within technology volunteers to be ready for deployment.
Emergency Management Overview
- IS-100.b Introduction to Incident Management
- IS-102.c Preparing for Federal Disaster Operations: Federal Partner Response
- IS-200.b Incident Command System (ICS) for Single Resources and Initial Accidents Incident
- IS-230.c Fundamentals of Emergency Management
- IS-700.A National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction
- IS-800.B National Response Framework, An Introduction
For more information regarding the Tech Corps Program, contact us at FEMATech-Corps@fema.dhs.gov.