Background

FEMA Administrator W. Craig Fugate shakes hands with American Red Cross President and CEO Gail J. McGovern after the Memorandum of Agreement signing ceremony at FEMA headquarters.

FEMA Administrator W. Craig Fugate shakes hands with American Red Cross President and CEO Gail J. McGovern after the Memorandum of Agreement signing ceremony at FEMA headquarters.

National Mass Care Strategy

The American Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) signed a Memorandum of Agreement on October 22, 2010 that describes how FEMA and the Red Cross will work together as co-leaders of the mass care portion of Emergency Support Function #6 (ESF-6) of the National Response Framework (NRF).

FEMA and the Red Cross will now share the leadership of ESF-6 to include feeding, sheltering, bulk distribution and family reunification. This partnership will enhance collaboration between voluntary organizations and government response partners by bringing together the resourcing strengths of FEMA and the mass care expertise of the Red Cross. As co-leads, FEMA and the Red Cross will work together to help government agencies and community organizations plan, coordinate and provide a breadth of mass care services for people affected by disasters.

The MOA calls for FEMA, the Red Cross and National VOAD to strengthen response capacity by developing and promulgating a National Mass Care Strategy.

FEMA and American Red Cross Partnership Will Strengthen Mass Care During a Disaster