FEMA's international role is threefold: hosting international visitors, providing training programs for international partners, and managing international programs and activities.
FEMA hosts over 1000 international visitors each year at FEMA headquarters, FEMA regional offices, and other FEMA facilities such as the Emergency Management Institute and the Center for Domestic Preparedness. The International Affairs Division coordinates all foreign delegation visits to FEMA facilities and works with appropriate staff to determine if a visit request can be accommodated. Please refer to the International Visitors page for more information.
A number of training courses are available to international partners both online as well as in-person at the Emergency Management Institute and at the Center for Domestic Preparedness. More information on these courses, including how to apply, can be found on the Training Programs for International Partners page.
The goal of the International Affairs program is to strengthen the agency through engagement with the international emergency management community. Binational and multinational collaborations allow for the exchange of best practices and lessons learned. Taking direction from the FEMA Strategice Plan, DHS International Strategic Framework, the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR) Report, Executive Order 12656, and the Stafford Act, FEMA engages in a variety of activities on the global stage. A summary of these can be found on the International Programs and Activities page.