Disaster Recovery

September 2023, “EDA’s Disaster Support is both Immediate and Long-Term,”  EDA Blog Post

On April 24, the FY23 EDA Disaster Supplemental Notice of Funding Opportunity was published at grants.gov and on eda.gov. Applicants can apply here. Under this announcement, EDA will make awards in regions impacted by Hurricanes Ian and Fiona, wildfires, flooding, and other Presidentially-declared major natural disasters throughout the United States (FY2021-FY2022). View a recorded informational webinar on the FY23 Disaster NOFO! You can also download the webinar slides (PDF). You can find more information on EDA's Fiscal Year 2023 Disaster Supplemental Funding page.

June 2023, Equitable Disaster Recovery Assessment Guide & Checklist (PDF), HHS and partners

The Assessment Guide and Checklist serves as tactical, practical, applicable resources for STTL practitioners on how to reduce disparities in post-disaster outcomes in terms of race/ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation/gender identity. This effort is the result of a Post-Disaster Equity Pilot Project spearheaded by HHS and FEMA in Region 5 (EDA’s Chicago Region). It brought together federal, state, local, and NGO partners to directly tackle the persistent pattern that indicates within the post-disaster recovery period, pre-event health and economic disparities for communities of color, women, and LGBTQ+ people are exacerbated.

To learn more about EDA’s work on the ground, helping communities recover from disasters and become more resilient, please see “Where We Work” on the side menu. This includes links to the recent technical assistance webinar series in California on economic development, exporting and foreign direct investment, access to capital, and agriculture – and a story on our recovery work in Florida, following Hurricane Ian. Please also read about EDA’s grant investment in North Carolina to help the state better prepare for disasters and become more climate resilient.

Please see here for FEMA assistance for Hawaii and Guam.

Please see an update from the Small Business Administration on federal disaster loans available to Hawaii businesses and residents.

US Census data to assist disaster recovery from recent disasters

EDA led a tour and listening sessions in the Hurricane Idalia impacted area of Florida in November 2023.
EDA led a tour and listening sessions in the Hurricane Idalia impacted area of Florida in November 2023.
Steinhatchee/Taylor County, FL
Steinhatchee/Taylor County, FL

EDA has a long history of successfully supporting disaster recovery and resiliency efforts. 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. For more information on EDA’s work, please view our Disaster Recovery brochure (PDF).

Economic Recovery Support Function (ERSF)

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.