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EDA And Disaster Recovery

Disaster Success Stories

EDA assist communities recovering from disasters

EDA Disaster Funding

Recovery Funding for 2017-2019

Disaster News Clips

Media clips and posts on EDA’s recovery and resiliency activities

COVID-19 Resources

FEMA’s Disaster Assistance for Hurricane Ida in Louisiana, in New York and in New Jersey.

SBA Disaster Assistance for Hurricane Ida


Puerto Rico/US Virgin Islands

September 20, 2021 - Four years after the devastation caused by Hurricanes Maria and Irma, EDA continues to support the recovery of Puerto Rico and the USVI.

August 4-6, 2021, EDA and the PR ERSF helped to support the BlueTide Caribbean Summit to grow Puerto Rico’s marine and ocean economy. Read about PR’s work to build its competitive advantage in commercial and conservational activities.

BlueTide Caribbean Summit 2021 logo

EDA has been active in PR and the USVI since late 2017/early 2018, after the landfall of 2 catastrophic hurricanes, which crippled the Island to an unprecedented level of devastation, making it the nation’s most logistically complex response in FEMA history. [Read more]


Hurricanes Laura and Delta hit Louisiana with record-breaking strength during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, making for a uniquely challenging mission. [Read more]


EDA invested in a green infrastructure project in San Diego to reduce flooding to commercial enterprises and airport access routes. The project includes innovative upstream improvements to reduce runoff and debris deposited into the city’s stormwater infrastructure, while enhancing passive outdoor recreation and economic development opportunities for the region. [Read more]

To facilitate Butte County’s recovery from the 2018 Camp Wildfire, EDA partnered with 3CORE, a local Economic Development District. [Read more]


EDA invested $4.8 million in grant funding enabling the city of Moberly, MO improve water infrastructure. Businesses in downtown Moberly were previously struggling with recurring flooding, which discouraged investment. [Read more]


EDA facilitated a series of workshops to help 8 coastal Texas regions recover from Hurricane Harvey in 2018. [Read more]

EDA has a long history of successfully supporting disaster recovery and resiliency efforts (PDF). EDA's role in disaster recovery is to facilitate the timely and effective delivery of Federal economic development assistance to support long-term community economic recovery planning and project implementation, redevelopment and resilience. EDA is uniquely positioned to coordinate federal support for regional disaster recovery efforts in partnership with its extensive network of Economic Development Districts (EDDs), University Centers, and other stakeholders in designated impact areas.


Executed in March 2011, Presidential Policy Directive (PPD)-8: National Preparedness directs all federal government departments and agencies to collaboratively design and implement “a systematic effort to keep the nation safe from harm and resilient when struck by hazards, such as natural disasters, acts of terrorism and pandemics.”

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) established the National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF) to facilitate coordinated interagency capacities across all disaster-related mission areas: Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery. The NDRF established a total of six Recovery Support Functions (RSF) to facilitate interagency and inter-governmental “problem solving, improve access to resources, and foster coordination among State and Federal agencies, nongovernmental partners and stakeholders.

EDA serves as the Coordinating Agency for the Economic Recovery Support Function (ERSF) (PDF) on behalf of the Department of Commerce (DOC). In this capacity, EDA provides leadership, coordination and oversight for primary and support agencies, all of which share a role in the provision of grants, loans, training and other forms of assistance to support economic recovery efforts in disaster-impacted communities and regions. To assist interagency coordination, EDA established an Economic Recovery Working Group (PDF) of federal partners.

Post-Disaster Economic Recovery Resources

The post-disaster economic recovery environment can be exceptionally challenging. EDA has captured the following resources that may be useful for disaster recovery managers both in preparation for and in response to catastrophic disaster scenarios.

EDA-Supported Disaster Recovery Tools

EDA partnered with the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) to produce a suite of economic recovery informational tools, which can be found at RestoreYourEconomy.org. Examples include:

EDA Disaster Resilience and Recovery Reports

Data, Tools, and Resources

Strategic Considerations, Specific Industry Sectors

Industry Sector-Specific Considerations

Resource Directory Disaster Recovery Annual Reports Stay Connected
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