This portal, first announced at the White House Innovation for Disaster Response and Recovery Initiative Demo Day, features disaster-related datasets, tools, and updates on how to get involved. We look forward to your input to help make this site a valuable resource for the community.

Map of Current Disaster Declarations (view larger map or get the data)

Are you ready for the next emergency or natural disaster? On this site, you’ll find tools and disaster-related data to be more prepared.  Please submit your feedback and ideas to

Watches, Warnings, and Advisories National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center feed of watches, warnings and advisories that are currently in force in the United States.
National Structures Dataset (NSD) The United States Geological Survey (USGS) structures data includes the name, function, location, and other characteristics of facilities, collected based on disaster planning and emergency response needs.
Next Generation Radar (NEXRAD) Locations  Map of weather radar sites gives access to data and products jointly owned by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Federal Aviation Administration, and Department of Defense.
twilioTwilio is open sourcing a Rapid Response Kit for developers to stand up communications solutions during an emergency response, featuring SMS-powered volunteer signup and survivor surveys, flexible push and pull conference calling, and phone tree configuration. Users can start with $500 free credit by visiting to clone or download the Rapid Response Kit. taskrabbitTaskRabbit Needs for First Responders is a web portal offering a real-time marketplace to connect local service providers with those that need assistance, without any fees. Those interested in joining the pilot program can email redcrossThe American Red Cross provides different disaster preparedness apps in English and Spanish to deal with first aid emergencies, weather emergencies, and natural disasters. Users can download the apps for free at

With the launch of, the Administration is announcing new opportunities and ways to get involved:

PredictiveAnalytics Call to Action for Data Stewards: Help us build a culture of open data to empower technologists, entrepreneurs, governments, volunteers, survivors, and community leaders with information that can improve disaster preparedness
Crowdsoucing Innovator Challenge: The Administration is unveiling Innovator Challenges that highlight pressing needs from the disaster preparedness community. The first challenge asks innovators across the Nation, “How might we leverage real-time sensors, open data, social media, and other tools to help reduce the number of fatalities from flooding?”
Preparedness Join the Movement: Whether you’re visiting this website as a tech entrepreneur, developer, hardware tinkerer, journalist, government official, survivor, first responder, or another role, there are numerous ways to join the Innovation for Disaster Preparedness effort

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