How EPA Responds to Natural Disasters
ALWAYS CALL 911 if you are in immediate danger and need emergency help.
Human health impacts
EPA has considerable expertise on the potential health impacts for any type of natural disaster. EPA may collect samples or monitor conditions in or near disaster areas. Toxicologists and other specialists may be needed to evaluate environmental conditions and potential effects on populations.
- EPA may be called upon to provide support to initial responders for any type of natural disaster. Read more on EPA's emergency response site.
- EPA and FEMA streamline coordination with the EPA-funded State Revolving Fund (SRF) water programs, so that funding used to restore vital water infrastructure can be provided quicker in times of disaster. Read about the 2019 agreement between EPA and FEMA.
- Read more about EPA’s Role in Emergency Response and different types of emergencies.
- Report online a spill or possible violation of environmental law or regulations. You can also call 800-424-8802.
- General information common to many disaster types
- What you can do: Reduce or avoid risks to health and the environment due to natural disasters - at home, community or school, or your business. Find ways you can help prepare for or recover after different types of natural disasters.