Emergency Operations Portal


Welcome to USGS Emergency Response

USGS Emergency Response strives to ensure that the disaster response community has rapid access to timely, accurate, and relevant geospatial imagery, products, and services before, during, and after a disaster.

Our Mission

When disasters strike, pre- and post-event imagery can provide critical information regarding the extent, severity, and evolution of the event. USGS Emergency Response supports the coordination of remotely sensed data acquisitions and distribution

Event Support

Over the past decade, we've supported the response to hundreds of domestic and international disaster events. We provides access to remotely sensed imagery and geospatial datasets to agencies engaged in disaster response.

Event Support


Date published: June 21, 2019

Disaster Management Training at EROS Prepares Volunteers for Duty

A deadly series of California wildfires set thousands of firefighters and first responders into action in late 2018.

Date published: September 13, 2018

EROS Products, Programs Could Prove Useful with Hurricane Florence

The EROS Center could very well end up playing several significant roles in dealing with the monstrous hurricane called Florence now barreling down on the Carolinas and American’s Eastern Seaboard.


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Year Published: 2015

Hazards Data Distribution System (HDDS)

When emergencies occur, first responders and disaster response teams often need rapid access to aerial photography and satellite imagery that is acquired before and after the event. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Hazards Data Distribution System (HDDS) provides quick and easy access to pre- and post-event imagery and geospatial datasets that...

Jones, Brenda; Lamb, Rynn M.
Jones, B.K., and Lamb, R.M., 2015, Hazards data distribution system (HDDS): U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2015–3048, 2 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/fs20153048.

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Year Published: 2012

United States Geological Survey (USGS) Natural Hazards Response

The primary goal of U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Natural Hazards Response is to ensure that the disaster response community has access to timely, accurate, and relevant geospatial products, imagery, and services during and after an emergency event. To accomplish this goal, products and services provided by the National Geospatial Program (NGP)...

Lamb, Rynn M.; Jones, Brenda K.
United States Geological Survey (USGS) Natural Hazards Response; 2012; FS; 2012-3061; Lamb, Rynn; Jones, Brenda K.

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Year Published: 2011

USGS Emergency Response Resources

Every day, emergency responders are confronted with worldwide natural and manmade disasters, including earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, landslides, tsunami, volcanoes, wildfires, terrorist attacks, and accidental oil spills.The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is ready to coordinate the provisioning and deployment of USGS staff, equipment, geospatial...

Bewley, Robert D.
USGS Emergency Response Resources; 2011; FS; 2011-3079; Bewley, Robert D.