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The disaster management resource page covers a range of news and information on how fire departments respond to major disasters. Features tackle topics like how to lead during times of crisis, incident communications and interoperability, preparation for active shooter events, and response efforts to natural disasters, such as earthquakes, tornados, hurricanes and other significant weather events. Use this page to find resources, articles and tips to help aid your department in responding to disasters, as well as details on FEMA and USAR responses to recent incidents.

82% of U.S. fire departments are all or mostly volunteer and, often, their funding depends on people stepping up to help
Miami Beach officials approved the deployment of 12 firefighters overseas
Officials in Leominster said residents near a dam should “immediately evacuate” as a precaution
The test will run Oct. 4 at 2:20 p.m. ET to TVs, radios and cell phones
Lessons learned from past storms and preparations for Hurricane Hilary played a part in having zero fatalities
Why technology is the key to avoiding the next 9/11 and MCI preparedness
Idalia made landfall as a Category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds near 125 mph
Idalia is expected to make landfall Wednesday bringing storm surge and flooding
The emergence of unconventional chemical threats
Pressure is on the dogs and handlers to find the remains of victims and provide closure
Hawaiian-led fundraiser has been launched for Maui County first responders to assist with housing, medical expenses, and replacement of lost items
President Joe Biden met with officials and first responders in the aftermath of a wildfire that killed at least 115 people
Emergency Management Agency Administrator Herman Andaya said he had no regrets for not activating emergency sirens
Officials say the wildfire that destroyed Lahaina and killed 96 people is 85% contained
Maui County officials sent alerts to cellphones, television and radio stations, but it is unclear if it was before widespread power, cellular outages