The National Response Framework (NRF)

When the federal government is called upon to respond to a disaster, the response actions of all levels of government and other resources are guided by the National Response Framework (NRF). The NRF provides for the coordinated delivery of federal resources to augment the efforts of state and local authorities who may be overwhelmed by a major disaster or emergency.

The NRF is a signed agreement between:

    • 32 federal agencies,
    • National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD), and
    • the American Red Cross.

Like many emergency operations plans, the NRP NRF is made up of several components with different operational and administrative purposes. The National Response Framework (NRF) is a guide to how the Nation conducts all-hazards response. It is built upon scalable, flexible, and adaptable coordinating structures to align key roles and responsibilities across the Nation, linking all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector. It is intended to capture specific authorities and best practices for managing incidents that range from the serious but purely local, to large-scale terrorist attacks or catastrophic natural disasters.

The NRF explains the common discipline and structures that have been exercised and matured at the local, tribal, State, and national levels over time. It describes key lessons learned from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, focusing particularly on how the Federal Government is organized to support communities and States in catastrophic incidents. Most importantly, it builds upon the National Incident Management System (NIMS), which provides a consistent template for managing incidents.

The NRF consists of a base document, Emergency Support Function Annexes and other Support Function annexes.

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CNCS Is a Partner in the NRF
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a signatory partner in the NRF to assist in:

  • Mass Care
  • Emergency Assistance
  • Housing and Human Services( ESF #6)
  • Volunteer and Donations Management (Support Annex)


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For More Information

More information on the National Response Framework (NRF) can be found online at: