Emergency Support Functions (ESF) (5)
- Collection Created:
- July 8, 2016
Overview: ESF and Support Annexes Coordinating Federal Assistance In Support of the National Response Framework
This document was developed expressly for emergency management practitioners as an overview of the process, roles, and responsibilities for requesting and providing all forms of Federal assistance. This overview also presents a summary of each of the 15 Emergency Support Function Annexes and 8 Support Annexes including their purpose, capabilities, membership, and concept of operations.
The ESFs provide the structure for coordinating Federal interagency support for a Federal response to an incident. They are mechanisms for grouping functions most frequently used to provide Federal support to States and Federal-to-Federal support, both for declared disasters and emergencies under the Stafford Act and for non-Stafford Act incidents.
The Financial Management Support Annex provides basic financial management guidance for all participants in National Response Framework activities. This includes guidance for all departments and agencies providing assistance for incidents requiring a coordinated Federal response. The financial management function is a component of Emergency Support Function (ESF) #5.
- This section provides an overview of the Emergency Support Function (ESF) structure, common elements of each of the ESFs, and the basic content contained in each of the ESF Annexes.
Providing the public timely and accurate lifesaving information during major incidents remains our highest priority. The Emergency Support Function (ESF) #15 Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) 2019 edition is our primary guiding document to coordinate outreach and ensure consistent public information through an integrated Federal incident communications system.