Natural Disaster Response
HHS OIG is one of many agencies the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) calls upon to respond to major disasters. As part of the Government's coordinated emergency response efforts, a team of OIG's special agents may deploy to provide leadership, equipment, expertise, security, and other support. Responsibilities include:
- Evacuation assistance
- Facility and resource security, including securing shelters for displaced residents
- Search and rescue operations
- Delivery of food, water, and medical supplies
Following a major disaster, HHS OIG may also conduct audits and evaluations of emergency preparedness and response operations.