Emergency Response

Moore, Okla., residents visit their property as volunteers clean up the debris. The area was struck by a F5 tornado on May 20, 2013. Andrea Booher/FEMA

Helping Families and Providers Prepare for Emergencies

September is National Emergency Preparedness Month.

Photo of Amy Grissom and her son.

Emergency Preparedness for the Rest of Us

Living life paycheck to paycheck, emergency preparedness was the least of Amy Grissom's worries. But prepared families recover much faster than unprepared ones.

Photo of a house destroyed by floods, laying on the side of a damaged road in Colorado. Photo courtesy of Steve Zumwalt/FEMA

A National Preparedness Week in Colorado

A major disaster during National Preparedness Month provides a stern reminder to be prepared.

Photo of a mom, dad, son and daughter at the kitchen counter.

Who Has Time for Preparedness Anyway?

You have a plan to pick up your kids from soccer practice, but what if the plan is derailed by disaster – do you have a plan for that?

A photo of a mother sending off her two girls to school.

Pens, Paper, Pencils and Preparedness!

As you prepare for the school year begins, you should also ask yourself, is your family ready if the unexpected occurs?

Photo of Lieutenant Tala Hooban holding her child in the air

Breastfeeding, Because It’s Easy, Right?

World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated the first week of August. ACF employee and new mom LT. Tala Hooban shares her experience and resources.

Photo of wooden crosses and American flags at the site of a tornado ravaged neighborhood in Moore, Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Strong

Oklahomans begin long recovery process after more than 3,400 structures were damaged or destroyed as a result of May's tornadoes.

Sattelite photo of a hurricane.

Disasters Don’t Discriminate (But Sometimes People Do)

Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response, the Human Rights Campaign and the National Center for Transgender Equality host a webinar on helping LGBT individuals and families during an emergency response.

Belle Harbor, N.Y., March 22, 2013 -- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continues to work with local communities to remove debris from houses destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. Photo by Kenneth Wilsey/FEMA

Rebuilding through Recovery – Social Services Block Grant

The Office of Community Services (OCS) issued $474.5 million in Social Services Block Grant funding to Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island in support of the states’ recovery efforts following Hurricane Sandy.

A mother breastfeeds a young infant.

Infant feeding during disasters

The Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response urges communities to take infant feeding — including breastfeeding — into consideration when preparing for a disaster.

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