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Recovery Support Functions

The Recovery Support Functions (RSFs) comprise the coordinating structure for key functional areas of assistance in the National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF). Their purpose is to support local governments by facilitating problem solving, improving access to resources and by fostering coordination among State and Federal agencies, nongovernmental partners and stakeholders.

The list of Recovery Support Functions and the leading coordinating agency is seen below:

  • Community Planning and Capacity Building (CPCB) Recovery Support Function (PDF) See FEMA's page for CPCB.
  • Economic Recovery Support Function (PDF)
    U.S. Department of Commerce

  • Health and Social Services Recovery Support Function (PDF)
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

  • Housing Recovery Support Function (PDF)
    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

  • Infrastructure Systems Recovery Support Function (PDF)
    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

  • Natural and Cultural Resources Recovery Support Function (PDF)
    U.S. Department of Interior

Mission and Expected Outcomes

The RSFs created within the NDRF bring together the core recovery capabilities of Federal departments and agencies and other supporting organizations — including those not active in emergency response — to focus on community recovery needs. The RSFs are organized into six manageable components and through the RSFs, relevant stakeholders and experts are brought together during steady-state planning and when activated post-disaster to identify and resolve recovery challenges. RSFs and stakeholders organize and request assistance and/or contribute resources and solutions. Together, these RSFs help facilitate local stakeholder participation and promote intergovernmental and public-private partnerships.

The objective of the RSFs is to facilitate the identification, coordination and delivery of Federal assistance needed to supplement recovery resources and efforts by local, State, Tribal and Territorial governments, as well as private and nonprofit sectors. An additional objective is to encourage and complement investments and contributions by the business community, individuals and voluntary, faith-based and community organizations. These Recovery Support Functions activities assist communities with accelerating the process of recovery, redevelopment and revitalization.

Last Updated: 
06/01/2018 - 11:08