Emergency Support Function #7 Resource Support Annex
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||General Services Administration
||Department of Agriculture
||Department of Commerce
||Department of Defense
||Department of Energy
||Department of Labor
||Department of Transportation
||Department of the Treasury
||Department of Veterans Affairs
||Federal Emergency Management Agency
||National Aeronautics and Space Administration
||National Communications System
||Office of Personnel Management
Updated: June 3, 1999
Emergency Support Function (ESF) #7 — Resource Support provides
operational assistance in a potential or actual presidentially declared
major disaster or emergency.
ESF #7 support to Federal organizations during the immediate
response phase of a disaster includes emergency relief supplies, space,
office equipment, office supplies, telecommunications (in coordination with
ESF #2 — Communications if activated), contracting
services, transportation services (in coordination with ESF
#1 — Transportation), security services, Federal law enforcement liaison,
and personnel required to support immediate response activities. ESF
#7 provides support for requirements not specifically identified in the
other ESFs. It addresses the effort and activity necessary to evaluate,
locate, procure, and provide essential material resources, including excess
and surplus property. ESF #7 support may continue until the disposition
of excess and surplus property, if any, is completed.
- In accordance with assigned responsibilities and upon implementation
of the Federal Response Plan (FRP), the Resource
Support agencies will provide operational assistance to the affected areas.
- Support agencies will furnish resources to support ESF #7 requirements,
including procurement personnel necessary to establish operations effectively
at the national and regional levels. Such support will be terminated
at the earliest practical time.
- Equipment and supplies will be provided from current Federal stocks or,
if necessary, from commercial sources. Supplies to be used will not
be stockpiled for the purposes of ESF #7.
- General Services Administration (GSA) support of other ESFs will be done
through ESF #7.
- All procurement will be supported by a written justification and will
be made in accordance with current Federal laws and regulations, which when
necessary authorize other than “full and open competition.” GSA is
the central procurement authority for the Federal Government. All
procurement actions made at the request of Federal agencies in support of
the FRP will be in accordance with GSA’s statutory and administrative requirements
and will be accomplished using the appropriate fund citation/reimbursement
- The provision of the operational support necessary to establish the response
capacity of Federal agencies will be a major element in the execution of
- Disaster Condition
A major disaster could cripple the productive capability of the
affected area to respond, as well as that of surrounding areas under extreme
conditions. The Federal Government, however, will have the capacity to meet
most foreseeable requirements. There will be shortages in the local
area of a wide variety of supplies necessary for emergency population survival,
such as cots, sheets, blankets, pillows, pillowcases, tents for temporary
shelter, and plastic and paper items for mass feeding.
- Planning Assumptions
- Implementation of the FRP will occur during peacetime. If the
United States is involved in a significant military operation, the Federal
Government will be devoted to supporting it, and allocation of available
resources for multiple demands will be coordinated in conjunction with
appropriate resource agencies.
- Federal requirements may need to be met from resources outside the
disaster area, as most local resources will be claimed by the State in
support of response operations.
- Transport of resources may require a mobilization center. National
Guard or military bases will be available for use, and adequate facilities
will be available for materiel handling. Appropriate State and Federal
officials should mutually agree upon the use of these facilities prior
to a response requirement.
- Warehouses belonging to the Federal agencies within the affected area
may suffer major structural damage. Supplies contained in these
warehouses may be inaccessible during initial postdisaster operations
but will be available at a later date as debris is cleared.
- All requested Resource Support will be required for the immediate relief
operations, e.g., initial lifesaving and life-support operations.
- Concept of Operations
The nationwide capabilities of the Resource Support community
will be committed through Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs) at the national
and regional levels. The primary determination of resource needs is
made by the operational elements at the regional level. Requests for
resources will flow upward through and be controlled by EOCs at the regional
and national levels. The primary source of personnel, equipment, materials,
and supplies will be from existing Federal resources. Support that
cannot be provided from Federal resources may be secured through direct
procurement or donations.
- National-Level Response Support Structure
- The national ESF will operate under the direction of the GSA Emergency
- ESF support operations will be coordinated through the GSA EC in
the GSA Central Office, Washington, DC.
- Upon notification of implementation of the FRP, the GSA EC will make
an initial determination of which ESF support agencies will be required
to make personnel available at the EOC and which will be required to
remain available on telephone standby. All national ESF support
agency personnel will notify their parent agencies and await instruction
from the GSA EC before reporting to the GSA EOC.
- The EC will represent the ESF in its dealings with the Catastrophic
Disaster Response Group (CDRG) and will maintain liaison with the regional
ESF and other interested parties.
- GSA Central Office will provide administrative support to the ESF.
- Regional-Level Response Structure
- The GSA Regional Administrator or Regional Emergency Coordinator
(REC) is the regional ESF head.
- The GSA Regional Administrator or REC will appoint one or more Federal
Emergency Support Coordinator(s) (FESC), if needed, to coordinate the
provision of ESF support at the Disaster Field Office (DFO).
- Preferably, the regional EOC will be located in the DFO. The
GSA region will determine the center’s initial location if movement
to, or the condition of, the DFO precludes immediate occupancy.
- The agencies supporting this ESF will have a representative present
at the DFO on a 24-hour (12-hour shift) basis for the duration of the
emergency response period if required.
- For a disaster affecting a multi-State area within a region, one
location may be chosen that will act as a consolidation point for all
Resource Support requests. The location chosen must enhance support
to all affected States and ensure coordination with other ESFs.
Where possible, the location will be determined in concert with the
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other ESFs during the
planning process. This does not preclude establishing one ESF
per GSA region, with a liaison element in each DFO.
- GSA will provide administrative support for the regional ESF.
- The GSA EC will be notified by the FEMA National Emergency Coordination
Center. The GSA EC will notify all support agencies.
- The GSA EC will notify the head of the affected regional ESF by any
means necessary. If the GSA EC encounters difficulties in providing
information to the affected regional official, the EC will notify FEMA
of the difficulty and request assistance. The GSA EC also will notify
selected GSA regional officials of the need to be prepared to provide
support as required.
- Upon notification:
- All national ESF support agency personnel will contact their parent
agencies and await instructions from the GSA EC before reporting to
the GSA EOC; and
- All regional ESF support personnel will contact their parent agencies
and report to their predesignated ESF initial operational location.
- Response Actions
- Initial Actions
Upon ESF notification by FEMA:
- The GSA EC, or an authorized representative, within 2 hours after
notification will alert the national and regional ESF points of contact
as required, ensuring that all internal GSA parties are fully informed
- The GSA EC will provide support to Federal agencies engaged in the
disaster response as requirements are identified until the regional
ESF is operational.
- The REC will assume control of ESF #7 operations under the FRP.
- The appropriate regions will be contacted to augment response operations.
- The REC will establish and deploy a team or teams to provide the
following support as necessary:
- Deploy a representative to the Regional Operations Center (ROC);
- Deploy a team to the State EOC as part of the Advance Element of
the Emergency Response Team (ERT-A);
- Ensure that a suitable DFO facility, using pre-identified locations
where applicable, is acquired and ready to occupy within 72 hours
of receiving FEMA’s requirements and/or FEMA’s acceptance of the space;
- Provide support in acquiring communications, office furniture,
equipment, and supplies to equip the DFO;
- Support deployment of Initial Response Resources (IRR) with transportation
services and procurement; and
- Establish and manage mobilization center(s).
- Continuing Actions
From the time of initial actions and throughout the immediate response
period, ESF #7 will provide Resource Support in accordance with its charged
responsibilities. The following procedures will be used to provide,
control, and account for goods and services.
- Upon notification of space requirements, the ESF will determine,
through the regional GSA Public Buildings Service (PBS), the availability
of suitable space in federally owned or leased buildings.
- When space in federally owned or leased buildings is not available
or acceptable, the FEMA Regional Director or Federal Coordinating Officer
(FCO) will be notified by the ESF, which will then arrange with the
regional PBS to assist in locating suitable space elsewhere.
- Communications capability will be provided through the Federal Emergency
- ESF #7, in support of ESF #1, will arrange
for transportation as required.
- Motor equipment will be provided from the following sources:
- Equipment owned by Federal agencies that may be reassigned to the
Federal disaster operation;
- Federal supply schedule contractors; and
- Other commercial sources.
- All required office furniture and equipment will be provided from
Federal inventories or commercial sources.
- Office supplies and other expendables will be provided from Federal
stores, supply centers, stock, or other government and commercial sources.
Small businesses and vendors in the affected area will be used whenever
- Procurement support will be provided using GSA, Defense Logistics
Agency (DLA), and other agencies’ contracting resources as required.
- The ESF will make available technical advisors in the areas of procurement,
storage, and transportation as well as engineering advisory services
in connection with damage surveys, appraisals, and building demolitions
- The ESF will determine the availability of and provide supplies stocked
in distribution facilities, national defense stockpile, and customer
supply centers when and if immediately available.
- The ESF will provide Federal Police, if available, to support FEMA
- The ESF will provide contract guard services to augment Federal security
- In addition to the above, the ESF also will loan excess Federal personal
property and provide other services as requested by the FCO.
- Primary Agency: General Services
- The GSA EC will be responsible for providing, directing, and coordinating
ESF #7 operations.
- The GSA REC will be responsible for the following:
- Locate, procure, and issue resources to other Federal agencies for
use in emergency operations necessary to support the Federal emergency
response or to promote public safety;
- Coordinate the transfer of excess Federal personal property and aid
in its disposal when requested;
- Locate and coordinate the use of available space for disaster management
- Coordinate and determine the availability of and provide consumable
nonedible supplies stocked in distribution facilities and customer supply
centers when available;
- Procure required stocks from vendors or suppliers when GSA items
are not readily available;
- Provide motor equipment and transportation services in coordination
with the Department of Transportation, and in conformance with its responsibilities
for the implementation of emergency-related functions, including the
prioritization and/or allocation of all or part of the civil transportation
resource and related ESF #1 responsibilities;
- Coordinate the procurement of telecommunications equipment in coordination
with ESF #2; and
- Provide support to the GSA Regional Administrator on all Resource
- Support Agencies
- Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
- Provide the management and support of mobilization centers; and
- Provide assistance related to transportation and accountability of
IRR items at the mobilization centers.
- Department of Commerce
The Interagency Committee on Seismic Safety in Construction/Building and
Fire Research Laboratory of the National Institute of Standards and Technology
will provide technical expertise on structural surveys as well as the
procurement of external consulting services. This procedure is necessary
to assess the structural and fire safety of Federal and non-Federal damaged
buildings and lifelines, i.e., public works and utilities.
- Department of Defense
Provide resources (personnel, equipment, and supplies) in the absence
of other national disaster system resource capabilities (to include contracting)
when provision does not conflict with the Department of Defense’s primary
mission or its ability to respond to operational contingencies.
- Department of Energy
Coordinate with energy industries to assist in meeting critical fuel,
lubricant, and electrical power needs unable to be met by State or Federal
- Department of Labor
Provide technical personnel to assist in the identification and recruitment
of individuals with specialized occupations needed to support disaster
response operations. The Job Corps at the regional level can provide
students and instructors capable of providing support.
- Department of Transportation
Determine requirements, locations, and schedules for the movement of emergency
supplies into and within the disaster area.
- Department of the Treasury, U.S. Customs Service
Provide security support as requested.
- Department of Veterans Affairs
- Provide technical assistance in identifying and procuring medical
supplies and other medical services;
- Provide personnel knowledgeable in Federal procurement and distribution
- Provide computer support operations as appropriate.
- Federal Emergency Management Agency
- Act as liaison to provide logistical support to Federal, State, and
- Provide a Law Enforcement Liaison Officer to operate an information
clearinghouse and facilitate the coordination of Federal law enforcement
organizations for response to disaster-related activities;
- Establish and coordinate security requirements for the protection
of Federal personnel and assets in relation to disaster response and
recovery activities and facilities;
- Provide Contracting Officers’ Technical Representatives from the
ROC, ERT, or Emergency Support Team Logistics or Operations Section
for all ESF #7-executed procurement contracts as appropriate; and
- Provide an Accountable Property Officer to ensure compliance with
property management regulations and assume responsibility for Federal
property management associated with ERT missions and general operations.
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Provide available space, buildings, airports, and telecommunications as
may be required for emergency support operations.
- National Communications System
Assist in coordinating the provision of commercial telecommunications
assets within the disaster area as appropriate.
- Office of Personnel Management
Identify, locate, and, if necessary, recruit personnel needed to support
disaster operations after appropriate coordination with GSA.
- Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949.
- GSA/FEMA Memorandum of Understanding, February 2, 1989.
- GSA Orders.
- Department of Defense regulations governing civil assistance.
- Terms and Definitions
- Federal Emergency Support Coordinator (FESC)
The FESC is the principal point of contact between GSA and FEMA for the establishment
of support priorities, allocation of GSA resources, and coordination of the
delivery of all GSA equipment, services, and materials except those pertaining
to telecommunications. The FESC, with appropriate GSA support staff
as determined by the FESC, will normally be located at the DFO. However,
at the discretion of the FCO, support may be provided from an already established
GSA office, granted that such support is not delayed. The FESC serves
until released by the FCO.
- Regional Emergency Coordinator (REC)
The GSA REC or a designated alternate is the regional point of contact for
FEMA alerts and requests for assistance.