The Office of Human Services, Emergency Preparedness and Response (OHSEPR) ensures the effectiveness of human services in preparedness, response, and recovery from disasters and public health emergencies. OHSEPR does this by working closely with ACF program offices and their grantees.

What We Do

OHSEPR promotes resilience of vulnerable individuals, children, families, and communities impacted by disasters and public health emergencies by providing disaster human services expertise to ACF grantees, partners, and stakeholders during preparedness, response, and recovery operations for emergency and disaster events.


Natalie Grant is the Director of the Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness Response (OHSEPR) in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). Ms. Grant serves as advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Children and Families in the areas of emergency management and disaster human services. She is responsible for the administrative oversight and strategic direction of all OHSEPR programs, projects, and activities.

Byron Mason is the Deputy Director of OHSEPR. Mr. Mason leads preparedness efforts to ensure that OHSEPR is positioned to lead disaster human services operations on behalf of ACF. He coordinates with lead federal and non-federal emergency management, public health, and human service partners, and oversees OHSEPR’s disaster response and recovery operations.

Contact Us

Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness & Response

330 C Street, S.W. Suite 4006

Washington, DC 20201


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