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This web page describes the Tech Corps Program. Tech Corps works with a national network of skilled, trained technology volunteers who can assist with critical technology gaps during community response and recovery efforts following a federally declared disaster.

Technology is integral to nearly every aspect of modern life in the United States.  FEMA is conducting a pilot project to incorporate voluntary technology resources as part of the disaster response team. 

Goals:

  • Tech Corps will help to develop a national network of skilled, trained technology volunteers who can assist with critical technology gaps during community response and recovery efforts following a federally declared disaster.

  • On the federal side, the team will include three Tech Corps Liaisons on the national Incident Management Assistance Teams (IMAT). These individuals will be responsible for developing networks of technology volunteers from recognized organizations, and facilitating collaborative solutions to common issues like adopting a common baseline for training and certification.

  • Working with state, local, tribal, or territorial emergency managers and technology partners in the private sector, the Tech Corps liaisons will help to identify and define critical gaps and then help coordinate and connect volunteer technology resources.

FAQs

Who can be part of Tech Corps? 

Tech Corps is open to organizations capable of providing trained volunteers or capability 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.   Members operate 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 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) template offers organizations to participate in a formal collaboration with FEMA. Each MOU is tailored to fit the member organization’s unique set of capabilities that it can bring to support a disaster on a voluntary basis.

Does Tech Corps respond to cyber attacks? 

Tech Corps is not a cybersecurity initiative.  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.

Recommended Training

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 some basic recommended training available free and online through FEMA or DHS. 

Emergency Management overview

Response/Recovery/Deployment Courses

Emergency Support Function for External Affairs

During disaster deployments, Tech Corps liaisons will work under the External Affairs emergency support function

Public-Private Partnerships in Emergency Management

Emergency Management Institute Virtual Table Top Exercise Opportunities

For more information regarding the Tech Corps Program, contact us at FEMATech-Corps@fema.dhs.gov.

Last Updated: 
03/12/2015 - 12:51
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