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The Ohio Emeregency Operations Plan 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.