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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Office of Emergency Management

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) supports state and local partners when requested, prepares the nation’s healthcare system, and connects people to real-time public health and medical emergency information. OEM’s programs and divisions come together to support HHS’ lead role in Emergency Support Function (ESF) 8 of the National Response Framework (NRF), and for the Health and Social Services Recovery Support Function (RSF) of the National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF).

Providing Medical Care When a disaster strikes and overwhelms a community, OEM provides medical care and delivers medical supplies to assist state and local communities in treating people affected by the event.  Learn More >>
Strengthening the Healthcare System ​OEM helps local communities’ health care systems by enhancing their ability to maintain health care operations, even in the face of an emergency. OEM provides resources to communities that support disaster planning efforts and ensure the health care system can respond to threats to their infrastructure. Learn More >>
Helping State and Local Communities ​OEM provides resources and expertise to prepare communities for public health and medical emergencies by engaging health care system partners and volunteers from local communities. OEM also coordinates health and social service recovery efforts for communities who have been effected by a disaster. Learn More >>
Linking Responders to Resources ​OEM continuously supports direct and open communication with federal, state, local, tribal, territorial and non-governmental organization stakeholders.  OEM helps these stakeholders plan and train for emergencies, and coordinate the response to public health and medical emergencies.  Learn More >>
Connecting Responders to Real-Time Information ​OEM provides decision-makers with in-depth information and analysis of trends to better respond to a public health or medical emergency. OEM provides tools for the US Government, state and local health departments, and other entities to track public health and medical emergencies in a specified community. Learn More >>

Helping Communities

You can help your community become healthier during disasters and every day. Learn more about ways you can serve.

Remembering the NDMS Response to Hurricane Katrina.  NDMS Seal.
  • This page last reviewed: August 30, 2015