Federal Resources


Operated by the General Services Administration, FirstGov.gov TM is the U.S. government's official web portal for access to the various agencies and programs of the Federal government. Within FirstGov is a wealth of resource information for emergency preparations and individual protection.

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Disaster Assistance

Disaster Assistance is federal initiative aimed at greatly enhancing Disaster Management on an interagency and intergovernmental basis. Disaster Assistance uses information technology to improve the delivery of disaster assistance information and services by creating a single Internet-based portal to serve the public's requirement for assistance, and the government's requirement to provide disaster information and services. The public side of the portal is a single location where public and private businesses can easily access disaster information and services provided by government agencies and non-governmental organizations.

The government side of the portal will provide a layered, secure environment that provides access to disaster information made available from government and non-governmental organizations, and the means to securely exchange sensitive information relating to disaster preparedness, response, mitigation and recovery. Government emergency managers will be able to use the portal to monitor major disaster and national security events, coordinate federal, state, and private organization responses, and collaborate on damage assessments and summaries.


Ready.gov is the DHS website that provides Federal emergency planning and response information for the nation. The website also has information for disabled and elderly Americans.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

FEMA's continuing mission is to lead the effort to prepare the nation for all hazards and effectively manage federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates proactive mitigation activities, trains first responders, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program. View more ways to Plan and Prepare.

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

The CDC website provides information on health and safety. As America has entered a new millennium, new health and safety challenges have emerged:

  • Emerging infectious diseases (SARS, monkeypox, pandemic influenza)

  • Terrorism

  • Environmental threats (hurricanes, wildfires, toxic chemical spills)

  • Aging population

  • Lifestyle choices (tobacco use, poor nutrition, lack of physical fitness)

The CDC is adapting to meet these new challenges with new strategies, innovations, and goals to protect and improve health. View more information on Emergency Preparedness and Response.

National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH)

While the primary mission of NIOSH is to to make workplaces free from hazards that can injure, sicken, and kill, the NIOSH websites provide a wealth of information that is applicable to both man-made and natural disasters.

View more information on Emergency Response Resources and Emergency Preparedness and Response.

National Institute of Health (NIH)

The NIH Division of Emergency Preparedness and Coordination (DEPC) is the principal emergency planning resource for the NIH and is responsible for coordinating all NIH resources essential to emergency planning and preparedness functions. This includes serving as the NIH Emergency Coordinator with state offices and with national emergency response organizations under the leadership of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Within the EPA website are links to information relevant to:

  • Man-made disasters (chemical spills, etc.)

  • Natural disasters (hurricanes, floods, etc.)

  • Community and personal disasters (water contamination, sewer / septic tank issues, food contamination, etc.)

View more information on Emergencies, Natural Disasters, and Natural Disaster Preparedness.