Natural and Cultural Resources (NCR) Recovery Support Function (RSF) recovery activities operate within the following parameters, premises, and assumptions:

  • The NCR RSF does not define the recovery priorities of Local, State, Tribal, Territorial, or Insular Area governments. Impacted communities establish their own recovery priorities;, and they may choose not to address an issue based on their goals, priorities, or capacity.
  • Neither NCR RSF recovery actions nor Federal Emergency Management Agency funding for recovery apply to Federal lands and/or resources impacted by a disaster.
  • Federal departments and agencies and nongovernmental organizations that comprise the NCR RSF may conduct field operations outside of the NDRF RSF structure in accordance with their own statutory and regulatory authorities.  
  • The provision of Federal assistance to meet NCR recovery needs involves the leveraging of pre-disaster steady-state preparedness, mitigation, and response programs and assets. 
  • NCR RSF field operations are compliant with the National Incident Management System and the Incident Command System. NCR RSF field operations are scalable based on the size and magnitude of the disaster.
  • The U.S. Department of the Interior’s (DOI) involvement in disaster recovery and the operations of the NCR RSF is not limited solely to coordination. DOI’s Bureaus and Offices implement programs, conduct activities, and possess substantial subject matter expertise that may be leveraged to support community recovery.
  • References to “Tribes” or “Tribal governments” include all Federally-recognized Tribal entities that are eligible for funding and services from DOI’s Bureau of Indian Affairs.
  • References to “Territories” are defined by DOI to include the Territories of American Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
  • DOI identifies “Insular Areas” as the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and the responsibility to administer and oversee U.S. Federal assistance provided to the Freely Associated States of the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau under the Compacts of Free Association.
  • Federal personnel and funding assistance is contingent upon legal authority and the availability of funds and personnel.

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