On April 1, 1979, President Jimmy Carter signed the Executive Order that consolidated federal emergency response functions across government under FEMA. Over the past 44 years, you have helped to transform the landscape of emergency management. To observe this milestone, we collected 44 reasons to celebrate FEMA’s anniversary from 44 employees.
Paula is a member of the Pueblo of Santa Clara and their former Director of Emergency Management. She was a FEMA Tribal Relations Specialist/Tribal FIT and Co-Chair of FEMA’s Tribal Affairs Work Group.
Earthquake and Wind Programs Branch Civil Engineer Pataya Scott, PhD shares more about the work FEMA does to improve building codes and standards.
Without proper disaster planning, the safety and security of those we care about and the things we cherish may be in jeopardy. While each of us can take small steps to protect ourselves and our loved ones, preserving important items can require special attention and planning. That’s why FEMA has partnered with the Smithsonian Institution to help protect cultural heritage artifacts across the country through the Heritage Emergency National Task Force (HENTF).
Jennifer joins the Claims Office after serving as Deputy State Voluntary Agency Liaison and Co-Chair of the Mora/ San Miguel Long Term Recovery Group for the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon fire. She served in the US Air Force for 13 years, focusing on satellite launch operations and complex acquisition projects.
Following the 2022 Independent Assessment of FEMA’s Public Assistance (PA) program, FEMA leadership saw a need for a shared vision and guiding principles for the program, establishing a stronger foundation of partnership to better serve the American people before, during, and after a disaster.
The stories we tell about each other are important portals to our past and windows to our futures. For more than 40 years, the United States has observed Women’s History Month to recognize the contributions of women whose actions have change the course of our nation in ways both great and small. FEMA joins this celebration of the women who shaped our nation and the world.
FEMA asked former AmeriCorps members what that experience meant to them and how it prepared them for their role at FEMA.
With the complexity of this topic and the need to create a truly whole community effort to increase resilience, FEMA is seeking to engage a broad range of stakeholders to inform development of resilience guidance and resources. FEMA wants input from across the whole community—across disciplines, sectors, levels of government, communities, and individuals—on a range of topics, such as what actions and partnerships are needed to increase national resilience, the roles and responsibilities of whole community stakeholders, innovative approaches for successful resilience planning, and the resources needed to help the whole community understand and execute their roles.
Feb. 26 – March 4 is Peace Corps Week, a time to honor and recognize the important contributions Peace Corps volunteers have made across the world. Today, over 200 returned Peace Corps volunteers work at FEMA. The skills they developed and experiences they gained continue to aid the agency in its mission of helping people before, during and after disasters.