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The Ohio Emergency Operations Plan provides a comprehensive framework for statewide emergency management while:
This Ohio Emergency Operations Plan (Ohio EOP) establishes a framework through which State of Ohio Agencies and other designated non-state agencies assist local jurisdictions to respond to and recover from disasters that affect the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of Ohio. The Ohio EOP follows the Emergency Support Function structure as outlined in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's National Response Framework, and incorporates the National Incident Management System.
The Ohio EOP is available electronically at the Ohio EMA website at www.ema.ohio.gov. Questions regarding the Ohio EOP should be sent to:
Matthew McCrystal, Preparedness Branch Chief
Ohio Emergency Management Agency
2855 W. Dublin-Granville Road
Columbus, Ohio 43202-2206
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The Base Plan describes the structure and processes comprising Ohio's approach to all-hazards emergency management and the integration of the resources of Federal, State, local, and nongovernmental organizations. The Base Plan includes an Introduction, Background, Roles and Responsibilities, Concept of Operations, and Tabs (Primary and Support Agency Chart and Terms and Acronyms).
The Ohio EOP is structured on 15 Emergency Support Functions (ESF) that correspond to the format of the National Response Framework. 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 four 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.