Service Tree

The Service Tree lists all services in "branched" groups, starting with the very general and moving to the very specific. Click on the name of any group name to see the sub-groups available within it. Click on a service code to see its details and the providers who offer that service.

Disaster Declarations Information

Programs that provide information about the disaster declaration status of states (and localities within states) that have experienced a specific situation such as a fire, flood, storm, earthquake, epidemic, drought, sudden and severe energy shortage or other similar condition that is beyond the ability of local and/or state authorities to manage. The process to request state and/or federal assistance after a disaster or emergency is initiated when the local governing body or the Governor submits a formal request to the appropriate state or federal office. Program and financial assistance vary depending on the type of declaration or proclamation, whether the situation constitutes an emergency or a disaster, and the type of assistance required. A declaration by the President of a federal major disaster or emergency is required to initiate the flow of federal resources.

Emergency Communications

Programs that provide services, often through one or more intermediaries, which enable two or more parties to communicate in emergency situations where normal means of communication are unavailable. Included are individuals (such as amateur radio or CB operators) and organizations (such as Amateur Radio Emergency Service) that provide alternative communications channels following a major disaster or large-scale emergency that disrupts the normal functioning of a community.

Emergency Law Enforcement Support

Federal and state organizations that provide support to local law enforcement agencies if their resources are overwhelmed. The state National Guard may be mobilized by the Governor at the request of local authorities. Federal troops may be used when state and local law enforcement resources are exhausted, and are mobilized when the Governor submits a request in writing to the Attorney General of the United States. Services may include police units that are trained in handling large crowds and riot situations; SWAT teams that specialize in high-risk situations requiring special tactical skills; law enforcement dive teams that are used to recover evidence, drowning victims or lost vessels; patrol dogs that help to apprehend offenders, detect intruders, find lost children or handle other police work; and canine units that are trained to detect cadavers, explosives or narcotics.

Evacuation Transportation

Programs that provide an immediate and rapid means of transportation from an endangered location or area for people whose lives are threatened by an impending disaster or large-scale emergency. Included are programs that arrange for return transportation following a disaster once it is safe for evacuees to return home. Activities include acquisition of emergency transport vehicles, arrangements for use or reallocation of public and/or private vehicles, assessment of fuel availability and distribution, and development of evacuation contingency plans which identify alternative routes, vehicles and personnel as well as considerations for people with special needs including patients in health care facilities.