A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
The United States Department of the Interior (DOI) is the primary federal agency for the implementation of Emergency Support Function (ESF) #11 Protection of Natural and Cultural Resources and Historic Properties (NCH). DOI was selected to lead ESF #11 NCH as it possesses the necessary expertise and capabilities to accomplish the mission of this function of the ESF. The ESF #11 NCH also consists of support agencies that have specific capabilities and resources which partner with DOI in accomplishing this mission.
Once a Presidential Disaster Declaration has been issued, DOI works in tandem with FEMA, USDA and our support agencies and non-federal partners to coordinate response activities. DOI will deploy personnel to the area impacted, as well as provide the necessary technical expertise required to safeguard NCH resources.
DOI utilizes its network of partners and support agencies to monitor the current situation, provide assistance where requested, and identify staff who are available to respond to the disaster.