The Emergency Support Function (ESF) annexes to the Emergency Operations Plan organize the applicable college positions, departments, and outside support agencies into groups according to their roles in strategic response to a campus emergency or disaster. Outside agencies may include: governmental, non-governmental, private sector, and other volunteer resources. The ESF annex provides basic information on available internal and external departments and agencies that might be needed for an incident that affects Dallas College. Each ESF has at least one lead position or department within the college that will lead the specific response, one or more supporting departments within the college that will provide response support, and one or more external supporting departments from the surrounding communities, and neighboring jurisdictions.
ESFs will normally be activated at the direction of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Manager in response to activation level 3 or greater emergencies as outlined in the EOP. Designated department and agency resources may be requested to respond or recover from emergency incidents that affect the College. Normally, the response and recovery actions will be coordinated from the EOC as Incident or Unified Command will use the resources at the incident scene.
The primary position/department/office(s) will normally be responsible for coordinating specific requirements associated with the emergency support function. Support position/department/office(s) may be contacted to provide expertise and assistance, as needed. Finally, external departments/agencies may be needed if internal resources are overwhelmed or where College capabilities do not exist (such as emergency medical or fire services.) In all cases, prior memorandums of understanding, mutual aid agreements, or funding issues would need to be addressed prior to requesting assistance.
The purpose of ESF 1 is to provide, in a coordinated manner, the resources (human, technical, equipment, facility, materials and supplies) of internal and external department and agencies to support emergency transportation needs and availability of transportation thoroughfares during an emergency or disaster impacting the Dallas College.
The Transportation ESF assists college, local, federal, state government entities, and voluntary organizations requiring transportation capacity to perform response missions following a disaster or emergency. ESF 1 will also serve as a coordination point between response operations and restoration of the transportation infrastructure.
Emergency Support Function 1:
- Meets transportation requirements to include needs by persons with disabilities, directing traffic, closing or blocking roadways, and the College's aviation and airspace management and control.
- Coordinates transportation activities and resources during the response phase immediately following an emergency or disaster.
- Facilitates equipment damage assessments to establish priorities and determine needs of available transportation resources.
- Coordinates evacuation transportation as its first priority and facilitate movement of the campus in coordination with other transportation agencies.
- Facilitates movement of the campus population, transportation flow, and manages transportation thoroughfares in coordination with other transportation agencies.
- Used to respond to incidents that overwhelm normal Incident Command response actions.
Dallas College is exposed to many hazards, all of which have the potential for disrupting the community, causing casualties, and damaging or destroying public or private property. Potential emergencies and disasters include both natural and human-caused incidents.
See the EOP Hazard Summary for the potential emergencies that may impact Dallas College.
The College makes the following planning assumptions:
- During certain major emergencies and major population relocation/evacuation requiring movement of large numbers of people, local transportation resources will be stressed.
- The College has the ultimate responsibility for arranging for or providing the transportation needed to support emergency operations.
- Major natural or man-made disasters may disrupt normal transportation systems leaving many students, staff, and faculty, especially people with disabilities without transportation.
- In many major disasters, it may be necessary to evacuate rapidly students, staff, and faculty from the hazard area.
- College resources will be quickly overwhelmed.
- The College's transportation equipment and that of private transportation companies may sustain damage during emergencies and trained equipment operators may become disaster victims, limiting the means available to transport people, relief equipment, and supplies.
- Transportation infrastructure, e.g. roads, bridges, and railroads may sustain damage during emergencies making it difficult to use some of the transportation assets that are otherwise available.
- Signs, signals, and other types of markers, which facilitate traffic movement and control, may be damaged or destroyed.
- Communication will be disrupted.
- Shortfalls can be expected in both support personnel and equipment.
- Local, state, and federal assistance may not be immediately available.