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Disaster Recovery Assistance

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From floods to drought, fire or hurricanes, NRCS provides disaster recovery assistance to farmers, ranchers, landowners and communities through a variety of USDA programs.

If you are an agricultural producer affected by a disaster, please contact your local USDA service center for information about assistance in your specific area.

Assistance For Communities

Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program

When natural disasters strike, the Emergency Watershed Protection Program offers vital recovery options for local communities to help people reduce hazards to life and property caused by floodwaters, droughts, wildfires, earthquakes, windstorms, and other natural disasters.

Project funds address erosion related watershed impairments by supporting activities such as removing debris from stream channels, road culverts, and bridges; reshaping and protecting eroded banks; correcting damaged drainage facilities; repairing levees and structures; and reseeding damaged areas.


Emergency Watershed Protection - Floodplain Easement Program (EWP-FPE)

The Emergency Watershed Protection - Floodplain Easement (EWPP-FPE) option offers an alternative method to traditional EWP Program Recovery. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recommends this option to landowners and others where acquiring an easement is the best approach (more economical and prudent) to reduce threat to life and/or property.


Assistance For Producers

Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) 

Farmers, ranchers, and non-industrial private forestland owners can apply for resource assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program.  Eligible land includes cropland, rangeland, and non-industrial private forestland. Recovery assistance includes but is not limited to: immediate soil erosion protection, minimizing noxious and invasive plant proliferation, protecting water quality, restoring livestock infrastructure necessary for grazing management, emergency animal mortality management.


Emergency Animal Morality Management

When catastrophic non-disease natural events (ie. flood, fire, weather-related) occur, financial assistance for emergency animal mortality management may be offered.

Producers can contact the local field office at that time for more details.


Technical Assistance

NRCS can also assist impacted communities by providing technical information to help them repair damaged farms and ranches NRCS conservationists can offer advice on preventing erosion, covering and protecting exposed soil, directing water away from areas vulnerable to erosion, and more.

Conservation Technical Assistance




USDA is ready to help in the aftermath of natural disasters. Click Disaster Assistance at a Glance to find which program best fits your current situation and needs.

USDA along with other agencies offer a wide range of disaster recovery assistance following these unfortunate events. Check out the agencies and their programs below for more information.

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State & Local Contact Info


Contact your Local Field Office  for more information on programs, guidance on specific
disaster response in your area, or to meet with field office staff to fill out an application
for assistance.