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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

US Census data to assist disaster recovery from Southern and Midwestern Tornadoes and other recent disasters

FEMA Resources for Kentucky

For the second year in a row, EDA disaster investments were showcased in the Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s Annual Report of Giving.



EDA is serving on a 5-month mission, through 6/19/22, to lead economic recovery support in Kentucky, following the December 10, 2021 tornadoes that impacted more than 16 counties in the Western part of the state. EDA and the ERSF team held in person meetings in March to learn about the impacts and the assistance needed.


EDA was activated for a 5-month mission to lead economic recovery support in Louisiana, following Hurricane Ida – a Category 4 storm which hit Louisiana on August 29, the anniversary of the day Hurricane Katrina made landfall. The most impacted parishes are in Southeastern LA. EDA will serve from 10/18/21-3/20/22.

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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]

Puerto Rico/US Virgin Islands

November 2021, Assistant Secretary Alejandra Castillo visited Puerto Rico to see firsthand how EDA and other federal investments are helping the territory recover and build back stronger by supporting economic, pandemic, and disaster recovery. [Read more]

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 conservation activities.

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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]


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]

Missouri and Nebraska

In 2019 EDA was deployed in Missouri (10/8/19-3/16/20) and Nebraska (6/15/19-8/15/19) to help communities recover from severe flooding. Read about EDA’s work in Missouri to support businesses and communities in their time of need.

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]


Working in collaboration with economic development organizations and federal partners, EDA helped to organize seven Economic Recovery and Resiliency workshops in February 2018 to help the hard-hit Hurricane Irma communities. Read about the workshops here (PDF). Please also read a US Department of Housing and Urban Development article about the workshops.

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 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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