FEMA Region IV
Definition/Scope: FEMA’s Region IV headquartered out of Atlanta, GA works in partnership with the emergency management agency's of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters. Region IV’s most common challenges are tornados, hurricanes and other storms that can cause flooding and flash-flooding throughout the region. The Federal Region Center (FRC) is a key regional asset, located in Thomasville, Georgia. Staff at the FRC supports development of State and local emergency management capabilities, provides technical assistance in developing activities, and in response and recovery planning. In addition, it operates a system of State Liaisons to provide assistance and quick response to State/local emergencies and works with Federal agencies and departments to develop Federal plans and support Federal response activities and exercising. The FRC is a 37,734 square foot subterranean, protected facility situated on a 38-acre site. Built in the early 70s, the Center was designed to withstand hazards, ranging from severe storms and tornadoes to a worst-case, National Security event. The facility has its own separate water, power and support systems and has the full range of telecommunications capabilities to support emergency operations for the Federal family. Region IV is FEMA’s largest geographic region. During a Presidential Disaster Declaration, in addition to its 115 full-time employees, the Region can draw from a cadre of over 550 Disaster Assistance Employees or "reservists" experienced in areas ranging from the delivery of disaster assistance to public information and more.
Broader Terms:Federal Emergency Management Agency