Emergency Support Functions


Regional Emergency Support Function (RESF) is a very basic function shared by all jurisdictions. Individual RESF’s identify organizations with resources and capabilities that align with a particular type of assistance or requirement frequently needed in a large-scale emergency or disaster. RESF’s are discipline oriented work groups providing a convenient alignment or typing of similar organizations, subject matter expertise, and activities from participating jurisdictions.

The RESF structure of the RESP parallels the emergency support function (ESF) structure of the National Response Framework (NRF), and complies with the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

RESF-1: Transportation

What is an Emergency Support Function (ESF)?

What is the difference between Emergency Support Function (ESF) and RESF?
The Emergency Support Function (ESF) provides 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.  They are responsible for assisting Federal, State, tribal, and local governmental entities, voluntary organizations, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector on a larger scale. The RESF supports the ESF’s missions in a variety of locations and the members are part of various operating administrations at a local or regional planning level while ESF is at a state or federal level.

The Regional ESF (RESF) facilitates communication and coordinates among regional jurisdictions and agencies concerning transportation issues and activities during a major disaster or incident.  RESF-1 personnel focus on disruptions of the regional transportation system requiring inter-jurisdictional coordination and information sharing. Transportation disruptions can occur as a result of direct impacts upon the transportation infrastructure (e.g. disasters), major traffic incidents or from surges in requirements placed on the system by emergencies in other functional areas.

The Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG) RESF 1 – Transportation representative is part of the Capitol Region Emergency Planning Council (CREPC) that works with 41 communities located in the Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) Region 3.

Terri Thompson is the RESF-1 chair. Comments or suggestions may be directed to her by email or by calling her at 860-522-2217, x242.

  • Emergency Support Function 1 (ESF-1) Overview

  • Highway Diversion Plans

  • CT Travel Smart (Highway Traffic Information)

  • ConnDOT’s Role in Incident Management, presentation 10/2007

  • Traffic Incident Management Systems – US Fire Administration – FEMA

RESF-2: Communications

RESF-3: CREPC / Region 3 Resource Typing – Public Works

Per the State’s 2007 Homeland Security Strategy and CRCOG’s 2007 Homeland Security Grant Program requirements, communities are required to submit specific resource information using a standardized FEMA format.  Additionally, this information is required under CT General Statute 28-22a Intrastate Mutual Aid Compact Article III sub sec. (3).

The documents linked below are specific to resources held within municipal public works departments, highway departments, or parks and recreation departments.  The documents include

To complete the Public Works resource typing for your community

  1. Download resource spreadsheet
  2. Complete as appropriate – either by direct entry, or cut and paste data from other sources
  3. Save the file with your community name in the title, e.g. Bloomfield PW-Resource Typing
  4. Email document to David Gofstein at dgofstein@bloomfieldct.org

Any questions can be emailed directly to dgofstein@bloomfieldct.org , or Carmine Centrella at ccentrella@preparednessplanners.com

RESF-4: Firefighting

RESF-5: Emergency Management

The purpose of the Regional Emergency Support Plan (RESP Plan) (formerly known as RED Plan) is to provide a framework for CREPC member communities and agencies to collaborate in planning, communication, information sharing, and coordination activities before, during, or after a regional emergency.

The RESP Plan is being tested and updated on a regular basis and a lexicon has been developed that allows all regional players to communicate with a much higher level of certainty and effectiveness. The regional lexicon is consistent with the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the National Response Plan (NRP).

Plan Documents

  • Region 3 RESP

  • CREPC Continuity of Government Plan, 2014

  • CREPC Continuity of Operations Plan, 2014

  • RESF Duty Officer Guidebook

Hazard Specific Annexes

  • Basic MRC Plan

  • Operation THREAT Situation Manual

  • Transportation Resources in Connecticut, PDF version

  • CT Mass Decontamination Guide & Mobilization Plan 2009

RESF-6: Mass Care

RESF-7: Logistics Management and Public Works

RESF-8: Public Health and Medical Services

Region 3 Electronic Patient Tracking Information

  • EM Tracking Implementation Outline

  • EM Tracking Roles & Responsibilities

  • EM Tracking Project Scope


  • DEMHS Train the Trainer Sessions

Links and Documents

  • RESF-8 PHERP Portfolio

  • Whole Community Planning Survey Report

RESF-9: Search and Rescue

RESF-10: Hazardous Materials Response

  • Capitol Region Hazardous Materials Response Plan

RESF-11: Animal Response

Animal Response an FY 2005 Homeland Security project, involves enhancing the regional agro-terrorism preparedness capabilities of the Capitol Region.  One of the project’s primary goals is to continue in the development of the Connecticut State Animal Response Team (CTSART), which works towards building the ability to respond to and plan for the protection of domestic and farm animals during emergencies.  For more information please visit www.ctsart.org

If you are interested in becoming a CTSART volunteer go to www.ctsart.org/volunteer.

RESF-13: Public Safety and Security

RESF-19: Special Needs Population