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Emergency Support Function #11

ESF #11-Agriculture and Natural Resources

APHIS' experience in responding to plant and animal health emergencies made the agency a natural choice to assist FEMA as it responds to a wide variety of emergency incidents. The U.S. Government's National Response Framework (NRF) guides how government agencies work together and provide a unified national response to emergencies and disasters. Under this guide, different functions are defined and roles are assigned. APHIS provides support under Emergency Support Function #11.

Under ESF #11, USDA and the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) address the protection of agricultural and natural resources in a national emergency. Specifically, ESF #11 responsibilities include:

  • Providing nutrition assistance;
  • Responding to animal and agricultural health issues;
  • Providing technical expertise in support of animal and agricultural emergency management;
  • Ensuring the safety and defense of the Nation's supply of meat, poultry, and processed egg products; and,
  • Protecting Natural, Cultural, and Historical (NCH) resources.


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