Emergency Response

Capt. Mary Riley standing at a beach at Seaside Heights, N.J. which suffered major damage.

Super Storm Sandy: Five Months Later

ACF's Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response director reflects on her recent trip to sites devastated by 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.

Joyce Thomas, along with state and federal officials, visit a child care center that was affected by the storm.

The Recovery Has Just Begun

From bringing back Head Start and child care centers online, to providing immediate disaster case management, to ensuring the timely delivery of human services, Region 2 staff are on the frontline of a disaster whose recovery has just begun.

Ocean County Community Economic Action Now Head Start leaders in New Jersey meet to discuss recovery efforts with Office of Head Start Director Yvette Sanchez Fuentes.

Working Together to Support Communities Impacted by Superstorm Sandy

Head Start centers in New York and New Jersey are opening their doors to their communities and helping put lives back together.

Red Cross nurses at the Nassau Community College shelter explain to Acting Assistant Secretary George Sheldon and Michelle Davis, Region II Health Administrator, the care needs of families.

Serving Families After the Storm

ACF leadership visits New York and New Jersey to survey affected programs and meets with local officials who are ready to rebuild.

A black and white picture of a sad teen.

Resources for Children and Youth During or After a Disaster

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration Disaster Technical Assistance Center has put together a resource list for the disaster behavioral health needs of children and youth, related organizations, and tips for parents, caregivers, and teachers as they help their children recover from a disaster or childhood trauma.

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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