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Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Coordination
Emergency Program Division (EPD)
United States Department of Agriculture

About Emergency Programs Division (EPD)

NOAA Radar Image of HurricaneThe Emergency Programs Division manages both the Operations and Watch Center and serves as the focal point for emergency management and coordination of natural or man-made disasters within the scope of the USDA mission. The Operations Center also assists in the development and coordination of policies, capabilities, and procedures for reporting and response to emergencies impacting the USDA mission and personnel. The Operations Center receives, assesses, and analyzes emergency incidents or events, making internal and external notifications as required.