Whenever a hurricane or disaster strikes, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) works with county and state agencies, such as the Florida Division of Emergency Management, to respond to and help communities recover from the loss of property and life.

What’s going on?

Formally established in 1979 by President Carter, FEMA is a part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and is organized into 10 regions that help states and local governments prepare for emergency and disaster situations.

  • FEMA works with other organizations, such as the Red Cross, to assist people who have been impacted.
  • At the site of a disaster, FEMA deploys the national disaster medical system or works with the United States Public Health Service‚Äôs Rapid Deployment Force to appropriately manage the situation and minimize loss of life and property.
  • After disasters, FEMA plays a crucial role in helping people recover. FEMA offers federal grants to victims to help them with temporary housing, property loss, funeral, and medical expenses.

Why it matters.

  • Hurricane winds and storm-related flooding cause an average of $54 billion in damage each year.
  • Florida is the state most susceptible to damage from tropical cyclones and has experienced more hurricane strikes than any other state.

What you can do.

  • Find out which FEMA region you live in.
  • Make a hurricane plan to ensure that you and your family are safe.
  • Volunteer.
    • Contact trusted organizations operating in the affected area to know where volunteers are needed and how you can help.
  • Donate money and in-kind goods to reputable charities.