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State ESF #6 Coordinator Position Guide Book

The State of Washington has developed a new State ESF #6 Coordinator Position Guide Book to assist their mass care lead at the State Emergency Operations Center in performing necessary coordination during a response. This Guide Book will be tested during the State’s participation in the Cascadia Rising national exercise.

“This Position Guide Book lists the essential tasks for the state level ESF #6 Coordinator (alternatively referred to as the “mass care lead”) in the State Emergency Operations Center (State EOC) and/or a Joint Field Office (JFO). This guide serves as a ready reference and describes the basic tasks that must be performed through the ESF #6 desk at the State Emergency Operations Center (State EOC).”

“The ESF #6 Coordinator serves as the primary point of contact at the State EOC for all ESF #6 related matters. Additional ESF #6 positions are discussed in separate position books.”


USDA Disaster Brochure

USDA Brochure picture

Food is essential when people find themselves suddenly, and often critically, in need following a storm, earthquake, flood, or other disaster emergency. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) ensures that people have enough nutritious food to eat. The USDA Disaster Brochure gives a snapshot of the varied resources for disaster feeding that the agency has available.

You can download the USDA brochure here.

When State agencies that run USDA’s nutrition assistance programs notify USDA of the types and quantities of food that relief organizations need for emergency feeding operations, USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) supplies food to organizations such as the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army for mass feeding or household distribution.


New Release: Multi-Agency Reunification Services Plan Template

The purpose of the Multi-Agency Reunification Services Plan Template is to supplement a jurisdiction’s Emergency Operations Plan and/or Mass Care Annex and is intended to provide guidance and suggested procedures for a jurisdiction to consider in the development of a Multi-Agency Reunification Services Plan. This template is based on best practices and concepts and can be used by any jurisdiction. Additionally, the template can serve as an educational tool to assist jurisdictions, NGOs, faith-based organizations, the private sector, and other stakeholders who provide reunification services to understand the complexities of implementing a collaborative approach to planning and operations, including but not limited to: identifying  the various sectors that have reunification responsibilities and coordinating among them, assessing planning factors, determining protocols and understanding privacy challenges, learning terminology and determining methods of reunification. This comprehensive multi-agency document was developed in coordination with State Mass Care Coordinators, State of Missouri Department of Mental Health, the American Red Cross, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, The Missing Persons Community of Interest, 2-1-1 Virginia, Civil Air Patrol, The Salvation Army, FEMA Headquarters and Regional Mass Care staff, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Library of Medicine and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Download the Multi-Agency Reunification Services Plan Template

1st Annual Voluntary Organization Partnership Day

1st Annual Voluntary Organization Partnership Day

On Tuesday, October 27, 2015,  professionals, academicians, students, and volunteers in emergency management, public administration, and related fields are invited to attend the the first annual Voluntary Organization Partnership Day to learn about and build relationships with our voluntary, faith-based, and community liaisons and partners.  This event is co-hosted by FEMA Voluntary Agency Liaisons (VALs), the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National VOAD), and the DHS Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships.




Voluntary Organization Partnership Day
Tuesday, October 27, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
FEMA Headquarters, 500 C St SW, Washington, DC

  • 9:45 – Opening Remarks in the FEMA Courtyard
  • 9:30-1:30 – Exhibit Showcase in the FEMA Courtyard & Capitol Ballroom
  • 2-3:30 – Town Hall in the Capitol Ballroom

This unique event will recognize and build awareness of the valuable services and support our voluntary, faith-based, and community partners provide to disaster survivors before, during, and after disasters.  Attendees can browse mobile response units and exhibit booths to learn about whole of community partnerships.  Additionally, visitors can interact with comfort dog teams and network with partner representatives and other attendees.  Please email questions to AC Claud (

We hope everyone can take advantage of this opportunity to learn about expeditionary collaborations and build relationships with our voluntary, faith-based, and community partners!

Download the flyer here.


New Release: Shelter Field Guide

Shelter Field Guide

The purpose of the Shelter Field Guide is to provide sheltering best practices to faith-based groups, non-profit organizations, government partners, and private industry. The guide was co-developed by the American Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Agency with support of a work group that included all levels of government.

The Shelter Field Guide has eight sections that cover the standard activities and tasks which occur during the pre-opening, opening, ongoing, and closing phases of shelter operations. Each section contains information for workers in registration, feeding, dormitory management, health and mental health care, staffing, logistics and shelter management. Additionally, the guide provides position checklists and training outlines for each position so that spontaneous shelter managers can use the guide to train their personnel.

The Shelter Field Guide can be used as a job aid and/or just in time training during a disaster operation.

Download the Shelter Field Guide

Shelter Field Guide FAQ and Ordering Instructions

Print Specifications for the Shelter Field Guide