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.

Satellite image of Hurricane Sandy slowly moving westward

Federal Emergency Response Now Includes Human Services

Addressing human services is one of the critical improvements to the federal emergency response system since Hurricane Katrina dealt such a devastating blow to New Orleans in 2005. ACF's Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response coordinates efforts that reflect the understanding that emergency response calls for not only immediate shelter, food and medical care, but also that essential human services remain available.

Government Weather Forecast of Hurricane Sandy showing the map of the Atlantic Coast and the storm making its way up.

Beware of Frankenstorm

Weather forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) say that this year’s Halloween most definitely will not be a treat for folks on the East Coast. What many are dubbing “Frankenstorm” — a winter storm mixed in with late season Hurricane Sandy —poses hazards including gale-force winds, heavy rains and snow, flooding, and electrical power outages along the mid-Atlantic and in New England.

Mother holding a toddler in one arm and a grocery bag in the other.

Diaper Bag Parent Preparedness

September is National Preparedness Month. ACF’s Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response has a special message for families.

Image of a tornado funnel.

Ready.gov Provides Important Tips to Survive a Natural Disaster

As the first day of spring approaches, many Americans look forward to picnics, outdoor sports, and lower utility bills. For the Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response (OHSEPR), springtime means the beginning of extreme weather conditions that can cause tornados.

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