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ESF #11 NCH is organized and coordinated by the United States Department of the Interior (DOI) and works with a series of other organizations to respond to incidents threatening Natural and Cultural Resources and Historic Properties.

ESF #11 – NCH support agencies include:

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) partners with Emergency Support Function (ESF) #11 to provide additional technical assistance and guidance for FEMA funded undertakings requiring Environmental and Historic Preservation (EHP) compliance review.

Through its natural cultural and historic property (NCH) function, ESF-11 assets are available in time of disaster to supplement FEMA technical assistance and ensure that response, recovery, and mitigation related projects comply with existing Federal environmental and historic preservation laws, regulations, and Presidential Executive Orders. In addition to this compliance support, ESF #11 NCH resources work directly with local, State, and Federal partners to protect and preserve NCH assets. . . For example, the Heritage Emergency National Task Force provides salvage and stabilization guidance to cultural institutions and the general public threatened by disasters.

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DOI also partners with the Heritage Emergency National Task Force (HENTF), a partnership of non-governmental organization (NGOs) and federal agencies that provides the combined experience and resources of its members to support ESF #11 NCH.

When ESF #11 NCH is activated, DOI consults and works with these support agencies to provide support to response activities as well as for professional expertise and guidance.

Certain partners, such as HENTF, participate in preparedness and response even when ESF #11 – NCH is not activated, and can be a valuable source of information and aid for everyday preservation of natural and cultural resources
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