Partners: Government Agency Profiles

Government agencies have important roles to play. Federal, state, and local governments help alert people to the onset of an emergency, maintain order during an emergency and dispense aid and financial assistance after an emergency has passed. Below are some federal agencies that may be called upon during an emergency. For state and local resources, visit your state’s Web site, usually www.YOUR (e.g.


Continuity of Operations (COOP) planning information and resources.

Dept of Agriculture 

The US Department of Agriculture remains dedicated to serving all Americans, with a special commitment to farmers and ranchers. The USDA is the nation’s largest conservation agency, a research leader, and the steward of national forests and rangelands.

Dept of Defense 

The Department of Defense is America’s oldest, largest, busiest and most successful company, providing the military forces needed to deter war and to protect the security of our country.

Dept of Energy 

The DOE’s mission is to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States; to promote scientific and technological innovation in support of that mission; and to ensure the environmental cleanup of national nuclear weapons complex.

Department of Homeland Security In the event of a large-scale emergency, the DHS will provide a coordinated, comprehensive federal response and mount a swift and effective recovery effort. The department assumes primary responsibility for ensuring that emergency response professionals are prepared for any situation.

Dept of the Interior The Department of the Interior manages 1 out of every 5 acres of land in the US, provides the resources for nearly one-third of the Nation’s energy, provides water to 31 million citizens, and protects our endangered or threatened species.

Dept of Justice 

Since its formation in 1870, the Department of Justice has become the world’s largest law office and the central agency for enforcement of federal laws.   Dept of Labor 
The Department of Labor fosters and promotes the welfare of the job seekers, wage earners, and retirees of the United States. Dept of Transportation
The mission of the Department of Transportation is to serve the US by ensuring a fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation system that meets our vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people.   Environmental Protection Agency The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.

Federal Emergency Management Agency 

FEMA’s mission is to lead the effort to prepare the nation for all hazards and effectively manage federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates proactive mitigation activities and trains first responders.

Health & Human Svcs 

The Department of Health & Human Services is the United States government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. Natl Communications Sys
The mission of the NCS is to assist the President, the National Security Council, the Homeland Security Council, the Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Office of Management and Budget, in the coordination of the planning for and provisioning of national security and emergency preparedness communications for the Federal Government under all circumstances, including crisis or emergency, attack, recovery and reconstitution.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 

NOAA is a federal agency focused on the condition of the oceans and the atmosphere. It plays several distinct roles within the Department of Commerce: a supplier of environmental information products, a provider of environmental stewardship services, and a leader in applied scientific research.

National Transportation Safety Board 

The National Transportation Safety Board is one of the world’s foremost accident investigation agencies. The NTSB is responsible for finding out what causes transportation accidents, and recommending safety improvements to prevent them from reoccurring.


Office of National Capital Region Coordination oversees and coordinates Federal programs and domestic preparedness initiatives in the National Capital Region (NCR).   Nuclear Regulatory


The primary mission of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is to protect the public health and safety, and the environment from the effects of radiation from nuclear reactors, materials, and waste facilities.

Small Business Admin 

The Small Business Administration’s mission is to maintain and strengthen the nation’s economy by aiding, counseling, assisting and protecting the interests of small businesses and by helping families and businesses recover from national disasters.

Tennessee Valley Authority 

Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is the nation’s largest public power company, with 33,000 megawatts of dependable generating capacity.   US Geological Survey  Geological Survey plays a critical role in disaster recovery by minimizing loss of life and property from natural disasters in an effort to enhance and protect our quality of life. US Postal Service
The United States Postal Service is an independent establishment of the Executive Branch of the United States Government. Today, the Postal Service delivers hundreds of millions of messages each day to more than 141 million homes and businesses.   Veterans Affairs Our goal is to provide excellence in patient care, veterans’ benefits and customer satisfaction. We have reformed our department internally and are striving for high quality, prompt and seamless service to veterans.