Infrastructure Systems Recovery Support Function

The Infrastructure Systems (IS) RSF serves as a collaborative forum for federal government engagement with states, local governments, tribes, and territories (SLTT) as well as private sector representatives to focus on public engineering services that can reduce risks from disasters and expedite recovery.

IS is one of six RSFs, established under the National Disaster Recovery Framework, that support recovery efforts of SLTT governments before, during and after disasters. The IS RSF is coordinated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and consists of a National Coordinator, primary agency points of contact, Regional Coordinators, and a cadre of staff available to deploy to disasters.  

Mission Statement

The IS RSF facilitates the integration of the capabilities of the federal government to support local, state and tribal governments and other infrastructure owners and operators in their efforts to achieve recovery goals relating to the public engineering of the nation’s infrastructure systems. NDRF, 2016

Infrastructure Systems (IS) RSF Related to Disasters

Before a DisasterAfter a Disaster
Building Capacity - Supports planning, preparedness, education, training, and outreach efforts to enhance capabilities for long-term recovery.Federal Coordination - Activates and deploys as required and coordinates the efforts of primary agencies and supporting organizations to ensure the deployment of resources from these agencies to the disaster-impacted area.
Planning and Preparedness - Works with partners to identify critical facilities and ensure considerations are made to reduce risk pre- and post-disaster.Long-Term Recovery Presence - Supports the long-term recovery of infrastructure systems, dependent on the nature and scope of the disaster.
Multi-level Support - Plans federal support for recovery from catastrophic incidents as well as regional disaster recovery challenges. Deploys Resources - Deploys RSF resources, as required by the specific disaster situation, to the field to assist the affected community in developing an Infrastructure Systems Recovery action plan.
Preparing Support Staff - Identifies and trains IS RSF agency participants to prepare for activation as funded by each participating agency.Financial Monitoring - Monitors the use of limited capital resources necessary for infrastructure/recovery to avoid redundant, counterproductive, or illegal use.
Hazard Mitigation Technical Assistance - Offers technical assistance to SLTTs and stakeholders on the process, practices, and policies of hazard mitigation. 

Coordinating Agency: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

Primary Agencies: Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/FEMA/Preparedness and Protection Directorate (DHS-CISA), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U. S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development (USDA-RD)


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