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About PEMA

The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) helps communities and citizens mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies including natural disasters, acts of terrorism, or other humanmade disasters.

PEMA supports county emergency management agencies by coordinating and engaging the whole community including:

  • Federal and state partners
  • Volunteer organizations involved in disasters
  • Private sector business community
  • Citizens

PEMA Mission and Authority

PEMA’s mission is to save lives, reduce suffering, and protect property and the environment by leading and coordinating commonwealth agencies and resources to prevent, protect, prepare, respond, and recover from any man-made or natural disaster.

​Additional PEMA Information

Learn about the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Council.

Learn about past PEMA/Civil Defense directors appointed since 1951.