FEMA Emergency Support Function 5 (ESF-5) Section 

Mission: To establish the responsibilities and direct the operations of the Section

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Organization: Section Chief and Deputy Section Chief (when required), Situation Status Branch Chief, Planning Support Branch Chief, Documentation Branch Chief and Technical Services Branch Chief
Staffing: Number based on requirements and levels of experience needed (See Chart Below). Functions: Provides formal and informal briefings to the Regional Directory and the FCO and deploying personnel; Provide inital situation assessment (Initial Operations Report); Collecting and analysing information critical to disaster operations; Facilitate short and Strategic Planning, Establishing and maintaining a Situation Room; Preparing and disseminating routing and special reports (e.g. SITREP), provide planners access to specialized technical information (e.g. GIS Maps); provide mapping information, production of graphics and reports needed to support planning; and maintains historical files and records.

 

FEMA EMERGENCY TEAM REFERENCES
FEMA has developed four levels of operational guidance for use by emergency teams and other personnel involved in conducting or supporting disaster operations. 

Information and Planning Section Operations Manual  9330.1PR (Draft) Feb 2000

The Emergency Team Handbook describes the capability and applicability of each of the emergency teams belonging to the departments and agencies that are signatory to the the Federal Response Plan (FRP). FEMA has developed four levels of operational guidance for use by emergency teams and other personnel involved in conducting or supporting disaster operations. 
Level 1: Overview - A brief concept summary of a disaster-related function, team, or capability.
Level 2: SOP or Operations Manual - A complete reference document, detailing the procedures for performing a single function (Standard Operating Procedure) or a number of interdependent functions (Ops Manual).
Level 3: Field Operations Guide (FOG) or Handbook - A durable pocket or desk guide, containing essential nuts-and-bolts information needed to perform specific assignments or functions.
Level 4: Job Aid - A checklist or other aid for job performance or job training.
Title of Reference Reference or Document Publication Date
Federal Response Plan  9230.1 PL April 1999
Information and Planning Section Operations Manual 9330.1 PR Feb 2000 (Draft)
Emergency Response Team (ERT)
Operations Manual (FOG)
9354.1 PR June 1998
Emergency Reponse Team (ERT) Strategic Planning Guide Interim Guidance Apr 14, 2000
Emergency Support Team (EST)
Operations Guide
9361.1 FG April 1998
Regional Operations Center (ROC)
Operations Manual
9362.1 PR Draft
Procedures for Obtaining Geographical Information System (GIS) Support at a DFO N/A March 6, 2000
Remote Sensing SOP 9321.1 PR June 1999
FEMA/USGS MOU N/A 1982 (Under Revision)
Civil Air Patrol Support SOP 9347.1 PR Sept 1997
Mission Assignments Overview 9344.1 VW Nov 1998
Action Tracking and Coordination 9345.1 VW Jan 1999
Job Aid: How to Process a Procurement
in the Ops Section During Disasters
9380.2 JA July 1999
GIS Production Catalog N/A Sept 1997
The FEMA Acronyms, Abbreviations and
Terms (FAAT) List
N/A Update Semi-Annually
National Emergency Management
Information System (NEMIS) Operations
Manual
Task N1N586003 July 1998

 

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Personnel Qualification Levels

LEVEL 1 LEVEL 2 LEVEL 3 LEVEL4
Trainee Basically Qualified Fully Qualified Expert
Requires Constant Supervision Requires Moderate Supervision Requires Minimal Supervision Requires No Supervision

 

INFORMATION & PLANNING SECTION STAFFING LEVEL MINIMUMS

Staff Position Recovery only

 Disaster Level

Moderate Major Catastrophic

Section Managment

Section Chief 1 1 1 1
Deputy Section Chief as needed 1 1 2
Clerical Specialist 0 0 as needed as needed

Situation Status Branch

Branch Chief 1 1 1 1
Information Coord as needed 1 2 4
Information Analyst as needed 1 2 4
Field Observer 0 0 as needed as needed
Clerical Specialist 0 0 as needed as needed

Planning Support Branch

Branch Chief 1 1 1 1
Planning Coord as needed 1 2 3
Planning Specialist as needed 1 2 3
Clerical Specialist 0 0 as needed as needed

Documentation Branch

Branch Chief 1 1 1 1
Reports Specialist 1 2 3 5
Briefing Reports Spec as needed 1 2 2
Computer Graphics Spec 0 as needed 1 2
Documentation Specialist as needed 1 1 2
Clerical Specialist 1 1 2 3

Technical Services Branch

Branch Chief 1 1 1 1
GIS Coordinator as needed 1 1 1
GIS Specialist as needed 1 2 3
Remote Sensing Coord as needed 1 1 1
Technical Specialist as needed as needed as needed as needed
Clerical Specialist 0 0 0 as needed

 

Calculation of Disaster Field Office Work Space for ESF-5
Work Space - +300 sq. feet = 300 sq. feet Total
Display Area - +300 sq. feet = 300 sq. feet =600 sq. feet
Situation Room - +1300 sq. feet =1300 sq. feet =1900 sq. feet
# of GIS Specialists   x 120 sq. feet per person =  
# of GIS Suites   x50 sq. feet per suite =  
# of Stand Alone Plotters   x 40 sq. feet per plotter =  
# of all other staff   x 100 sq. feet per person =  

Total