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Did you know every state has its own emergency management office? A lot of big cities do too. We got to check out the Washington, D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (D.C. HSEMA) and we learned a lot about the important work people do at these offices every day.

First, HSEMA let us peek into their Emergency Operations Center. Even though the room was empty, when there’s an emergency, it’s filled with people busy working to make things better. The room fills with people from lots of different places -- federal agencies like FEMA, businesses like power companies, and volunteer groups like the American Red Cross. Everyone has a chair at the table and is part of the team! When everyone works together in the same room, it’s a lot easier to talk about emergencies and solve problems.

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