Disaster Response Center
The Gulf of Mexico Disaster Response Center (DRC) is a NOAA facility in Mobile, Alabama that establishes an unprecedented regional presence for the Gulf of Mexico region. Working under OR&R's Disaster Preparedness Program, experts at the DRC use tools and sound science to advise decision makers.
Over the past decade, the Gulf of Mexico has faced both natural and human-caused disasters, including hurricanes, oil spills, tornadoes, droughts, harmful algal blooms, and wildfires. While we cannot prevent these severe events, we can reduce their impacts. The need for timely and accurate information has never been greater. Recognizing this, OR&R continues to lead the way in the science of preparedness.
The DRC establishes an unprecedented regional NOAA presence that expands the federal capacity to plan for and respond to hazards of all types in the five states bordering the Gulf of Mexico. The facility is designed to survive up to Category 5 hurricane winds, contains a Force-5 tornado shelter, and has backup power systems to continue operations in the midst of severe weather. Intended to serve as a safe and ready command center during major disaster responses in the Gulf, the DRC also offers facilities for drills, trainings, workshops, and planning activities.
This facility brings together NOAA-wide resources to improve preparedness, planning, and response capacity for natural and human-caused disasters along the Gulf Coast. The DRC, dedicated in 2012, has since become the bedrock for NOAA's new Disaster Preparedness Program — a program that will build on the DRC's existing operational capabilities and knowledge to ensure that commerce, communities, and natural resources can recover from disasters as quickly as possible.