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The Ohio EOP is structured on 15 Emergency Support Functions (ESF) that correspond to the format of the National Response Plan. Each ESF is headed by a Primary Agency that coordinates activity under that function. The Primary Agency is supported by a number of Support Agencies, which are selected based upon their legislative authorities, knowledge, resources, and capabilities. The ESF is the primary mechanism through which state assistance to local governments is managed during emergencies. State assistance can include the allocation of state resources and technical assistance and the coordination of federal, interstate, intra-state, local government and non-government agencies in response to emergency events or incidents.
The ESFs detail the roles and responsibilities of state, federal and other public and private agencies that are charged with carrying-out functional missions to assist local jurisdictions in response to emergency events or incidents. Each primary and support agency has internal plans and procedures that detail how it will address responsibilities during state-level emergencies. Support agencies are not required to address any emergency responsibilities that are contrary to the laws or policies that govern their organizations. Primary and support agencies will be activated and notified for Ohio Emergency Operations Center (EOC) activation by Ohio EMA. Activation will be based upon the requirements for emergency response and recovery and the agencies that are activated will vary depending on those requirements.
The Ohio EOP's 15 ESFs are supported by two Support Annexes and three Incident Annexes. Table BP-2, below, lists the five Annexes and the Primary and Support Agencies that have assigned roles and responsibilities for each Annex. The Annexes provide guidance and describe the functional processes and administrative requirements necessary to ensure efficient and effective implementation of Ohio EOP objectives.