Homeland Security and Emergency Services

NYS Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) - Volume 2

Volume 2: Response and Short-Term Recovery

The purpose of this document is to identify the State's overarching policies, authorities and organizational structure which will be implemented in any emergency or disaster situation that warrants a collective, multi-agency State response. This volume of the CEMP serves as the basic planning framework for the State's response, and includes the mechanisms to address short-term recovery from any hazard that could adversely affect the State. This volume serves as the basic foundational framework for the development of several hazard-specific and functional annexes.

Emergency Support Functions (ESFs)

The State CEMP is supplemented by a series of functional plans, including 14 Emergency Support Functions (ESFs). Each ESF Annex identifies the individual and collective response activities of multiple agencies/organizations to provide State-level support from the New York State Emergency Operations Center (State EOC) to ensure efficient and timely coordination of State resources.

  • ESF #1: Transportation

    This annex outlines the State's coordination for transportation systems and infrastructure support and assistance during an incident. This includes all modes of transportation that may be impacted. The agencies within ESF #1 are responsible for transportation response, information and planning, debris clearance, damage assessments, restoration of transportation infrastructure, and management of the Area Transportation Infrastructure Groups (ATIGs). ESF #1 includes air operations support, which is managed by the Air Operations Group.

  • ESF #2: Communications

    This annex outlines the State's coordination and efforts to reestablish the critical communications infrastructure, facilitation of the stabilization of systems and applications, and coordination of communications support to response efforts. This includes the restoration of emergency communications between public safety agencies.

  • ESF #3: Public Works and Engineering

    This annex outlines the State's efforts to provide coordination, technical assistance, engineering expertise, and debris and construction management in order to protect public works and critical infrastructure.

  • ESF #4: Firefighting

    This annex outlines the State's coordination in support of detection and suppression of wildland, urban, and wildland/urban interface fires. This annex includes building inspections through Damage Assessment Response Teams (DARTs) and other State resources.

  • ESF #5: Information and Planning

    This annex outlines the State's efforts to gather information, conduct operational planning and ensure situational awareness within the State EOC. This annex includes the capability to incorporate the Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program (REPP) Assessment & Evaluation (A&E) function, and a multi-agency situation unit.

  • ESF #6: Mass Care, Emergency Assistance, Housing, and Human Services

    This annex outlines the State's ability to support and facilitate the coordination of mass care, sheltering, emergency assistance, housing, and human services throughout the State during response and short term recovery of an incident.

  • ESF #7: Logistics

    This annex outlines the State's capability to direct and coordinate logistics for comprehensive incident management. This includes the management and coordination of donations management, asset procurement, stockpile usage, purchase and transportation of materials, and Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) coordination.

  • ESF #8: Public Health and Medical Services

    This annex outlines the State's approach to a public health or medical emergency, to include the direction and oversight of public health emergencies, emergency medical service operations, fatality management, and disease surveillance.

  • ESF #9: Search and Rescue

    This annex identifies the management and coordination of activities associated with search and rescue resources throughout the State to provide specialized lifesaving assistance.

  • ESF #10: Oil and Hazardous Materials Response

    This annex identifies the State level response to an actual or potential discharge of oil and/or hazardous materials, including decontamination, storage, treatment and disposal of hazardous materials.

  • ESF #11: Agriculture and Natural Resources

    This annex identifies efforts to protect the nation's food supply, respond to plant and animal disease outbreaks, ensure the safety and well-being of household pets, and support the protection of natural, historical, and cultural resources and properties.

  • ESF #12: Energy

    This annex identifies the State's framework for facilitating the restoration of damaged energy systems and components, including FUEL NY response capabilities.

  • ESF #13: Public Safety and Security

    This annex provides for the coordination of security services to protect citizens throughout New York State. This includes the augmentation of law enforcement activities, support for traffic and access control points, and assistance with emergency evacuations.

  • ESF #14: Reserved for Future Use
  • ESF #15: External Affairs
  • This annex provides the mechanism for the coordination and distribution of all State level public information for an emergency or disaster situation, including provisions for a Joint Information Center (JIC).

Functional Support Annexes

  • Emergency Public Information Annex

    The Emergency Information Annex establishes policies and operational procedures for disseminating official information and instructions to the people of New York State through all available communications media before, during, and after an emergency or disaster in any location of the State in support of State response/recovery operations. This function must be capable of issuing emergency instructions; responding to the needs of the public, the media and elected officials; and conducting media monitoring and public inquiry.

  • Donations Management Appendix

    New York State's donations management goal is to provide victims of disasters with as much support as possible by effectively channeling offers and goods from the public. This Appendix provides guidance concerning donations of goods, materials, services and cash. Topics addressed include the advantages of cash donations, State preparations for receiving, managing and distributing donations, including close coordination with volunteer organizations.

  • NYS Mass Fatality Annex

    Several events have occurred in New York State that serves as a constant reminder of the challenges and sensitivities associated with fatality management. Over the last two years, State OEM Planning Staff and staff from the NYS Department of Health jointly spearheaded a planning effort to develop a State-level Mass Fatality Annex to the State Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP). The planning team included representatives from numerous DPC agencies, as well as local government, health and hospital organizations, volunteer organizations, and the private sector. The annex is an all hazards, capabilities-based plan that leverages the wealth of resources and support from multiple DPC agencies and identifies the linkages into the Federal response system. The Annex will serve as the state's operating plan for all incidents in New York State that require state-level mass fatality support.

Hazard-Specific Annexes

  • Coastal Storm Annex

    This Annex applies to any warm weather or cold weather coastal storm that warrants a collective, multi-agency state disaster response.  This Annex identifies the key mechanisms in coordinating with local and federal stakeholders in response to an impending coastal storm.  This document includes an operational timeline and operating protocols that ensures the State's response is mobilized in advance of all local or Federal plans.

  • Pandemic Annex

    This Annex to the State Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan outlines New York State's strategy in preparing for, responding to and recovering from a pandemic in a collective, multi-agency approach. This annex outlines the potential impacts and concerns associated with a novel strain of virus in New York State, and aligns State/Federal response activities that encompass the efforts of the New York State Department of Health Pandemic Influenza Plan, and the recently revised operating framework of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

  • Drought Annex

    The New York State Drought Management Coordination Annex provides the framework for the implementation of strategies and actions to reduce the impact of drought conditions. Through coordinated preparedness and response efforts, the impact of drought conditions on communities and commerce can be reduced. This Annex identifies State and local actions to be undertaken for drought mitigation, preparedness and response as drought conditions become evident.