Federal Responders are the backbone of Emergency Support Function (ESF) #11 Protection of Natural and Cultural Resources and Historic Properties (NCH). Federal responders volunteer to accept a temporary tour of duty to aid others affected by a disaster; they are paid federal employees. When a disaster occurs that threatens or damages NCH resources, we call on a cadre of responders from within the Department of the Interior and our support agencies to respond. These responders have years of experience, unique skill sets, and possess broad knowledge on natural and cultural resources. Thus, the Federal Government, through ESF #11 NCH, sends the very best individuals into the field to help States, Tribes, Territories, and local governments respond to disasters that affect NCH resources. For information on how to get involved please explore the links seen below.