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FEMA Technical Assistance Program

This section of the website provides information on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Technical Assistance Program.  The intended audience for this section is individuals, families, communities, the private and nonprofit sectors, faith-based organizations, and local, state, tribal, territorial, insular area, and federal governments.

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FEMA Technical Assistance Program

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Technical Assistance (TA) Program works with state, local, tribal, and territorial jurisdictions, federal departments and agencies, and whole community partners to provide technical assistance to improve emergency management practices nationwide.

FEMA uses a variety of methods to provide technical assistance, including:

  • In-person workshops to support implementing the National Preparedness System and opportunities for peer-to-peer learning; and

  • Technical assistance for emerging, cross-cutting, or complex topics.  This delivery method may include the development of new tools, plans, and processes that are of benefit to jurisdictions nationwide.

FEMA also assists jurisdictions by identifying guidance, training, and templates that jurisdictions can use to improve and maintain core capabilities, and by hosting webinars to showcase state, local, tribal, and territorial achievement, lessons learned, and subject matter expertise on a range of topics relevant to today’s emergency manager. 

Core Capability Development Sheets

FEMA’s Core Capability Development Sheets provide jurisdictions and organizations with suggestions for how to improve their capabilities and close identified gaps. The National Preparedness Goal identifies 32 Core Capabilities that address the greatest risks to the nation. These sheets help jurisdictions build or sustain a capability by integrating:

  • Available training courses
  • Capability targets for the Threat Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment
  • Nationally-typed resources
  • Partners that support development of capabilities
  • Exercise support and guidance to validate capabilities
  • Assistance from FEMA National Preparedness Directorate experts

Contact Information

If you have recommendations for technical assistance topics, or if you are having challenges with a specific emergency management issue, please email us at: FEMA-TARequest@fema.dhs.gov. Provide your name and contact information and your role in emergency management. 

Important Note -- Please be aware that the TA Program no longer has a catalogue of TA products.  Although the old TA catalogue can temporarily still be found within the FEMA website, it is no longer valid and should not be used.

Last Updated: 
07/06/2017 - 12:06