• Emergency Support Functions

    This category is for the emergency support functions. (ESF's)

    The ESF structure helps ensure efficient and timely delivery of needed assistance to disaster-impacted communities.

    These functions are necessary for society to function in the event of a disaster.

    • Transportation

      Provide situational awareness on intermodal transportation (air, rail, bus) or facilitates repairs to damage transportation systems, facilitates emergency transport of goods and resources, and assists in the coordination of emergency evacuations.

    • Communications

      Provides situational awareness and support on emergency communications services to organizations involved in response and recovery operations, along with providing situational awareness and support of the restoration of damaged public safety communications systems, and may support the restoration of public communications services.

    • Public Works & Engineering

      Provides situational awareness and support on debris removal, and water and water treatment systems and services, and assists in the restoration of public works systems.

    • Firefighting

      Provides situational awareness and support of personnel, equipment, and supplies to agencies involved in wildland, rural, and urban firefighting operations.

    • Emergency Management

      Supports overall activities of state government for domestic incident management. Provides the core management and administrative functions in support of SEOC.

    • Mass Care, Emergency Assistance, Housing, & Human Services

      Provides situational awareness and coordinates state support for local sheltering, feeding, first aid, and human services for disaster survivors.

    • Logistics Management & Resource Support

      Organizes and supports timely and efficient delivery of supplies, equipment, services, and facilities. Facilitates comprehensive logistics planning, technical assistance, training, education, exercise, incident response, and sustainment that leverage the capability and resources of State and federal logistics partners, public and private stakeholders, and NGOs in support of both responders and disaster survivors.

    • Public Health & Medical Services

      Addresses the public health, behavioral health, and medical needs that may arise from victims, response workers, and the general public during an emergency. Provides situational awareness on operational status and/or medical surge of all healthcare facilities in the State, and coordinates fatality management services, tracks patient movement, and coordinates behavioral healthcare.

    • Search & Rescue

      Provides situational awareness and coordinates urban and non-urban search and rescue operation and assistance, including locating and extricating victims trapped in debris or wreckage created by a disaster, along with woodland, water, or other area search and rescue operations.

    • Oil & Hazardous Materials Response

      Provides situational awareness directs and or coordinates support for inspections, containment, and cleanup of all threats to the environment pertaining to all hazardous materials.

    • Animals, Agriculture & Natural Resources

      Provides situational awareness and coordinates support for; the protection of the state’s agricultural and natural resources during emergencies; the emergency sheltering of pet animals; animal health issues; provide technical expertise, of animal and agricultural emergency management; ensure the safety and of the state’s meat, poultry, and dairy production facilities within the state.

    • Energy

      Provides situational awareness and coordinates with the private sector and other ESFs to provide emergency supplies of power and fuel. Assists in the restoration of power and fuel systems. Maintains current information on power outages and impacts to the energy sector and its infrastructure.

    • Public Safety & Security

      Provides public safety and armed escort for emergency workers or transport caravans as needed. Additionally, provides security for emergency facilities, and assists in general law enforcement services (patrol, traffic, investigation, crowd control operations). Assists and/or coordinates local law enforcement with mutual aid.

    • Recovery

      Provides and manages the breadth of short and long term recovery service support required during the recovery phase of an emergency event or disaster.

    • External Affairs

      Distributes accurate and timely information regarding emergencies to the public through the media and through other available means. Coordinates with local municipalities and/or agencies that have requested state assistance in releasing information to the public. Provides an accurate and consistent flow of information to citizens before, during, and after an emergency or disaster.