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How does the Defense Department help with disasters?

Published: 01/29/19 | Updated: 03/12/19

The National Response Framework establishes the rules for how and when DOD can contribute to a national response to disasters or emergency response.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is the lead government agency, and it will often ask DOD to support state and local authorities during large-scale events, such as Hurricane Maria or Hurricane Florence.

In addition, DOD provides critical support to civil authorities during emergencies. If an individual state cannot meet its emergency response needs, it will request federal assistance.