FEMA’s mission is to help people before, during and after disasters. The challenges posed by more intense storms, frequent heavy rain, heat waves, drought, extreme flooding, and higher sea levels could lead to increased risks from disasters faced by communities and the emergency management professionals serving them.
Resilience is the backbone of emergency management. The most successful way to achieve disaster resiliency is through preparedness, including mitigation. Building a culture of preparedness within our communities and our governments will support a national effort to be ready for the worst disasters – at the individual, family, community, state, local, tribal, territorial, and federal levels. FEMA provides resources to help communities understand their risks from natural hazards and take actions to reduce these risks.