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Region III: Response Division


The mission of the Region III Response Division is to build, sustain, and improve the coordination and delivery of support to citizens and state, local, tribal and territorial governments to save lives, reduce suffering, protect property and recover from all hazards.  

FEMA Corps members and FEMA logistics staff listen to a trainer speak during a Pod Exercise.
Washington, D.C., Sept. 16, 2014 HQ—Logistics staff receiving information on pod exercise. Download Original


The following are the components of the Response Division:

Incident Management Assistance Team Branch

The Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) is a rapidly deployable team of federal emergency management personnel that provides incident management assistance to state, local, and tribal governments before, during, or after a disaster. The 13-person team is led by a Team Leader, who has a dedicated staff from External Affairs, Field Support, Operations, Planning, and Logistics team members.  Region III has one full-time Type II IMAT and three collateral duty Type III IMATs.


Regional Watch Center


The Regional Watch Center (RWC) maintains 24-hour/seven days a week regional situational awareness to collect information and conduct analysis, determine possible impacts, identify potential and occurring incidents within FEMA Region III area of responsibility. The RWC links the Regional Response Coordination Center (RRCC), State Emergency Operation Centers (EOCs), Regional DHS components, Regional Emergency Support Functions (ESFs), State Fusion Centers, Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTFs), and other key state and local operations centers.

Logistics Branch

The Logistics Branch plans, manages, and sustains regional logistics response and recovery operations in support of disaster operations and special events. The Logistics Branch synchronizes with FEMA’s Logistics Management Directorate to determine the appropriate level of federal support before and during a federally declared disaster. The branch actively works with state emergency management stakeholders in developing and strengthening state resource management and logistics programs.

FEMA Region III, in partnership with state partners and the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, organize two trucks and their commodities as part of a staging exercise.
FEMA Region III staff, in partnership with our state partners, the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, and FEMA Corps establishes a staging area to stage trucks bringing commodities. The training allowed Region III staff and other participants to look at how they would stage multiple trucks in a small area and coordinate the location and movement of resources. Download Original

Planning & Operations Branch

The Planning and Operations Branch develops and implements deliberate and hazard specific plans to prepare and respond to notice or no-notice hazards affecting FEMA Region III. Operations coordinates with regional stakeholders to create a shared approach to the training, technical assistance and execution of response operations. Incorporated within the Planning and Operations Branch are three critical programs vital to successful response operations. Disaster Emergency Communications (DEC), Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) and the Hurricane Program.

Regional Interagency Steering Committee (RISC)

The mission of the FEMA Region III RISC is to coordinate interagency and intergovernmental planning related to emergency management and homeland security. Members discuss, develop, review and document collaborative solutions that focus on preparing for, responding to, recovering from, and mitigating against all hazards. These initiatives will provide a common understanding among FEMA Region III RISC members of emergency management and homeland security activities in the Region. The RISC provides a mechanism to discuss and develop collaborative regional approaches to emergency management that involve all levels of government and the private and nonprofit sectors.

Regional Emergency Crisis Communications Working Group (RECCWG)

The Regional Emergency Communications Coordination Working Group (RECCWG) is comprised of federal, state, local and tribal representatives and advises the FEMA Region III Regional Administrator on all aspects of emergency communications to support preparedness, protection, response, recovery and mitigation. Working group members have the primary responsibility for advising the Regional Administrator on planning, implementing and/or administering emergency communications systems and/or programs and shall coordinate its activities with the Regional Advisory Council (RAC) and the Regional Interagency Steering Committee (RISC).

Last Updated: 
09/23/2019 - 11:46