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Emergency Support Function (ESF) #9/ Catastrophic Incident SAR
Guidance and documents pertaining to Emergency Support Function 9

Coast Guard Emergency Support Function (ESF) #9/Catastrophic Incident Search and Rescue (CISAR) Policy (July, 2018)
The memo and enclosure (1) provides Coast Guard policy for the coordination and conduct of Emergency Support Function (ESF) #9/Catastrophic Incident Search and Rescue (CISAR) operations.

Operational Guidance for the 2020 Hurricane Season (May 2020)
To help emergency managers and public health officials respond to incidents during the 2020 hurricane season amid the COVID-19 pandemic, FEMA released the COVID-19 Pandemic Operational Guidance for the 2020 Hurricane Season. This guidance: 1) Describes anticipated challenges to disaster operations posed by COVID-19 and describe planning considerations for emergency managers in light of these challenges; 2) Outlines how FEMA plans to adapt response and recovery operations to the realities and risks of COVID-19 to: a) Ensure prioritization for life safety, life sustainment, and workforce protection, and b) Maintain the delivery of FEMA’s programs and help to solve complex problems by using whole-of-community disaster assistance to the highest level possible; 3) Allows emergency managers to prepare and plan accordingly based on FEMA’s operational posture and create a shared understanding of expectations between FEMA and emergency managers prior to hurricane season; and 4) Provides guidance, checklists, and resources to enable emergency managers to best adapt response and recovery plans.span>