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 Federal Government’s capabilities are organized into Emergency Support Functions (ESFs) to facilitate and coordinate the Federal response. These ESFs are designed to address the most frequent needs of States, Tribes, Territories, and local communities after a major event. There are currently fifteen (15) ESFs.
Emergency Support Function (ESF) #11 Agriculture and Natural Resources - is one of the fifteen ESFs that make up the National Response Framework (NRF). Federal response is coordinated through the ESFs after a Presidential Disaster Declaration is issued.
ESF #11 Agriculture and Natural Resources consists of five component areas:
Provide nutritional assistance to affected areas
Respond to animal and plant diseases
Ensure the safety and security of the commercial food supply
Provide for the safety and well-being of household pets
Protect natural and cultural resources, and historic properties (NCH)
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is the primary Agency for the first four components of ESF #11 and serves as the coordinating agency for the entire ESF, USDA is charged with providing managerial oversight throughout the preparedness and response phases of the incident. The United States Department of the Interior (DOI) is the primary agency for the fifth component - protection of natural and cultural resources and historic properties. USDA and DOI work together to ensure a coordinated and effective response to all emergencies.