Technical assistance

Objective 3.3 – Unify the coordination and delivery of federal assistance


Disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery are not the responsibility of one agency. Rather, these functions are a shared responsibility requiring the coordination of federal agencies, private and social sectors, state, local, tribal and territorial governments and other partners. FEMA is uniquely positioned to lead the federal government in integrating the provision of federal resources by leveraging the two national initiatives through the Emergency Support, Recovery Support, and Emergency Support Functional Leadership Groups. attenuation.

Federal support to communities begins with how FEMA helps them prepare before a disaster strikes. Many federal partners provide training and technical assistance to communities aimed at building resilience. Through better coordination of pre-disaster programs, FEMA can help communities identify, prioritize and plan to address their specific community threats, identify hazards and risks, and mitigate capacity gaps. Together, federal assistance can be targeted to tackle areas of greatest national risk and increase support for communities most at risk.

Focusing People First means that federal programs should be easy to access and navigate for individuals and communities to meet their unique needs.

For example, as part of the National Response Framework, FEMA collaborates with the Small Business Association (SBA) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide initial recovery assistance to individuals. Building on previous efforts to reduce the complexity of FEMA, FEMA will work with federal partners to streamline the experiences of disaster survivors and beneficiaries. When individuals and communities can easily navigate federal disaster programs, the burden on those individuals and communities is dramatically reduced.

For individuals and communities, the time following a disaster is difficult as they struggle to figure out how to meet their immediate and long-term recovery needs. The vast array of federal programs can make identifying resources that meet their specific circumstances tedious and confusing.

FEMA will reduce this burden by partnering with agencies to better sequence federal disaster recovery programs from an end-user perspective. This includes identifying and reducing potential gaps in recovery strategies and better empowering individuals and communities to use federal support to drive their own recovery.

Readiness and readiness in action

In coordination with interagency partners, FEMA has developed COVID-19 resource roadmaps to help communities navigate the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Each roadmap identifies potential solutions and describes how federal funding and technical assistance can help communities recover from a pandemic.