Droughts & Fire
USGS Continuity of Operations Planning
We oversee USGS's emergency management activities. These include providing executive direction, oversight, and support to USGS managers in responding to major hazard events and ensuring that the USGS is able to fulfill our mission under all circumstances. We also provide support to certain National Response Framework emergency support functions.
USGS Emergency Management 101: Onsite communication and leadership
How scientists can distill complex, technical information for decision makers.
USGS Earthquake Event Page
This video provides an overview of the Earthquake Event Page and other USGS scientific products available after an earthquake occurs.
How USGS gages are used in flood forecasting
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) operates an extensive nationwide network of stream, rain, and groundwater gages. These instruments are used to monitor how much water there is across the Nation at any given moment. Stream data are collected at streamgages every 15 minutes, transmitted to USGS servers, and updated online in real time. To improve awareness of current water conditions and possible f