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Department of the Interior
Effective Date: 1/4/06
Series: Emergency Management
Part 900: Emergency Management Program
Chapter 5: National Response Plan (NRP) Coordination
Originating Office: Office of Law Enforcement and Security
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5.1 Purpose. This chapter sets forth the policy and guidance to execute the Department’s
responsibilities under the National Response Plan (NRP). The NRP establishes a single
comprehensive framework for the coordination of Federal support to State, local, and tribal
governments and for exercising direct Federal authorities and responsibilities during domestic
5.2 Scope. These policies and guidelines apply to bureaus and offices assigned responsibilities
in this chapter for planning and executing response activities under the NRP, and to
organizational units supporting such activities.
A. Emergency Support Function (ESF). A grouping of government and certain private-sector capabilities into an organizational structure to provide the support, resources, program
implementation, and services that are most likely to be needed to save lives, protect property and
the environment, restore essential services and critical infrastructure, and help victims and
communities return to normal, when feasible, following domestic incidents. The ESFs serve as
the primary operational-level mechanism to provide assistance to State, local, and tribal
governments or to Federal departments and agencies conducting missions of primary Federal
B. Homeland Security Operations Center (HSOC). The HSOC is the primary national
hub for domestic incident management, operational coordination, and situational awareness.
Staffed around-the-clock, the HSOC is an interagency organization fusing law enforcement,
national intelligence, emergency response, and private sector reporting that is manned at all
times. The HSOC facilitates homeland security information-sharing and operational
coordination with other Federal, State, local, tribal, and nongovernmental Emergency Operations
C. Incident Annexes. These address contingency or hazard situations requiring specialized application of the NRP. The Incident Annexes describe the missions, policies,
responsibilities, and coordination processes that govern the interaction of public and private
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entities engaged in incident management and emergency response operations across a spectrum
of potential hazards. These annexes are typically augmented by a variety of supporting plans and
D. Incident of National Significance. Based on criteria established in HSPD-5 (paragraph 4), an actual or potential high-impact event that requires a coordinated and effective
response by an appropriate combination of Federal, State, local, tribal, nongovernmental, and/or
private-sector entities in order to save lives and minimize damage, and provide the basis for
long-term community recovery and mitigation activities.
E. Interagency Incident Management Group (IIMG). The IIMG is a Federal headquarters-level multi-agency coordination entity that facilitates strategic Federal domestic
incident management for Incidents of National Significance. The Secretary of Homeland
Security activates the IIMG based on the nature, severity, magnitude, and complexity of the
threat or incident. The Secretary, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) may activate the
IIMG for high-profile, large-scale events that present high-probability targets, such as National
Special Security Events, and in heightened threat situations. The IIMG is comprised of senior
representatives from DHS components, other Federal departments and agencies, and Non-
Governmental Organizations (NGO), as required.
F. Mission Assignment. The vehicle used by the Federal Emergency Management
Agency (FEMA) to support Federal operations in a Stafford Act major disaster or emergency
declaration. It orders immediate, short-term emergency response assistance when an applicable
State or local government is overwhelmed by the event and lacks the capability to perform, or
contract for, the necessary work.
G. National Incident Management System (NIMS). A system mandated by HSPD-5 that provides a consistent, nationwide approach for Federal, State, local, and tribal governments;
the private sector; and NGOs to work effectively and efficiently together to prepare for, respond
to, and recover from domestic incidents, regardless of cause, size, or complexity. To provide for
interoperability and compatibility among Federal, State, local, and tribal capabilities, the NIMS
includes a core set of concepts, principles, and terminology.
H. National Resource Coordination Center (NRCC). The NRCC is a multiagency center that provides overall Federal response coordination for Incidents of National Significance
and emergency management program implementation. DHS/EPR/FEMA maintains the NRCC
as a functional component of the HSOC in support of incident management operations.
I. NRP Principal Planner. Individual assigned responsibility by the head of
bureaus/offices for interagency coordination, planning, preparedness and response activities for
NRP Emergency Support Functions (ESF), Incident Annexes or Support Annexes which are
delegated to the bureau/office in accordance with this chapter.
J. Regional Resource Coordination Center (RRCC). The RRCC is a standing facility operated by FEMA that is activated to coordinate regional response efforts, establish Federal
priorities, and implement local Federal program support until a Joint Federal Office (JFO) is
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established in the field and/or the Principal Federal Official (PFO), Federal Coordinating Officer
(FCO), or Federal Resource Coordinator (FRC) can assume their NRP coordination
responsibilities. The RRCC establishes communications with the affected State emergency
management agency and the NRCC, coordinates deployment of the Emergency Response Team–
Advance Element (ERT-A) to field locations, assesses damage information, develops situation
reports, and issues initial mission assignments.
K. Support Annexes. These provide guidance and describe the functional processes and administrative requirements necessary to ensure efficient and effective implementation of NRP
incident management objectives.
5.4 Authorities and References.
A. Homeland Security Act of 2002, Public Law 107-296 (6 U.S.C. 101 et seq.),
November 25, 2002.
B. National Response Plan (NRP), 5 December, 2004.
C. National Incident Management System (NIMS), March 1, 2004.
D. Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, (Pub. L. 106-390),
October 30, 2000.
E. Homeland Security Presidential Directive 5 (HSPD-5), Management of Domestic
Incidents, February 28, 2003.
F. The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act
(CERCLA), 42 U.S.C. ?? 9601-9675 (2002), the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (Clean
Water Act), 33 U.S.C. ?? 1251-1387 (2002), and the National Oil and Hazardous Substances
Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP), 40 CFR Part 300 (2003).
A. The Department, as a whole and through its constituent bureaus and offices, is
committed to meet responsibilities specified in the NRP.
B. As required by Homeland Security Presidential Directive #5, the Department of the Interior will:
(1) Provide cooperation, resources, and support to the Secretary of Homeland
Security in implementing the NRP, as appropriate and consistent with DOI authorities and
(2) Designate representatives to staff the Homeland Security Operations Center
(HSOC), National Response Coordination Center (NRCC), and Interagency Incident
Management Group (IIMG);
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(3) Carry out responsibilities assigned in the Emergency Support Function (ESF)
Annexes to the NRP, developing supplemental plans and procedures as required; and
(4) Establish connectivity with and report incidents to the National Joint Terrorism
Task Force (NJTTF), the HSOC, and the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC).
C. Responsibility for interagency coordination, prevention, preparedness, response, and
recovery associated with NRP Emergency Support Functions (ESF), Incident Annexes, and
Support Annexes may be delegated to individual bureaus or offices. Bureaus and offices
assigned such responsibilities shall provide resources as necessary to plan and coordinate these
activities and shall designate a NRP Principal Planner to serve as focal point for managing these
responsibilities (see paragraph 5.6).
D. Bureaus and offices shall participate in interagency and Departmental training and
exercise activities to ensure readiness to execute NRP responsibilities.
E. Bureaus and offices shall provide liaison to incident command and coordination
entities in instances when DOI lands or other interests are impacted during Incidents of National
F. When Incidents of National Significance impact multiple bureaus or offices at the
Federal regional level, the Interior Regional Emergency Coordinating Committee (I-RECC) may
be activated to facilitate Departmental Coordination.
G. Bureaus and offices shall focus support of the NRP towards missions where DOI can
provide the best contribution by applying specialized resources and capabilities.
H. Commitment of Departmental resources must be consistent with extant authorities.
To the maximum extent possible, the Department will seek reimbursement for response activities
undertaken in support of the NRP.
A. Assistant Secretary - Policy, Management and Budget is responsible for overall
leadership and coordination of the Department’s support to the NRP.
B. Assistant Secretaries provide leadership and oversight to ensure bureaus and offices under their jurisdiction effectively provide support for NRP missions, and manage and execute
C. Deputy Assistant Secretary - Law Enforcement and Security, provides direct
oversight of NRP activities and assures Departmental representation on the IIMG.
D. Director, Office of Law Enforcement and Security (OLES) provides direction for
DOI support under the NRP; assures Departmental connectivity, coordination, and representation
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as required at the HSOC, NJTTF and NCTC; and is assigned responsibility for management of
Departmental responsibilities related to ESF#13 (Public Safety and Security), the Terrorism
Incident Law Enforcement and Investigation Incident Annex.
E. Departmental Emergency Coordinator is responsible for assuring Departmental responsibilities under the NRP are effectively planned and executed; preparing guidance and
procedures for implementing policy contained within this chapter; representing the Department
at DHS/FEMA on matters related to NRP planning, preparedness, and response activities not
otherwise delegated; planning, preparedness, and response activities related to Emergency
Support Function #5 (Emergency Management) and the Catastrophic Incident Annex; and
assuring coordination of Department-wide response activities during Incidents of National
F. Heads of Bureaus and Offices are responsible for supporting NRP mission
requirements assigned to the Department, consistent with Departmental priorities. The following
Directors and Heads of Office are delegated responsibility for interagency coordination, planning, preparedness and response activities associated with NRP Emergency Support Functions (ESF),
Incident Annexes and Support Annexes, and shall designate NRP Principal Planners to execute
(1) Office of Wildland Fire Coordination (OWFC). Manages Departmental responsibilities under the NRP which involve application of wildland fire resources, specifically:
ESF#1 (Transportation), ESF#4 (Firefighting), ESF#6 (Mass Care, Housing and Human
Services), ESF#7 (Resource Support and Logistics Management), and the Logistics Management
and Private Sector Coordination Support Annex.
(2) Office of Financial Management (PFM). Manages Departmental responsibilities under the NRP Financial Management Support Annex, providing procedures and
guidance to bureaus and offices regarding mission financial management and reimbursement,
and coordinating financial information related to operational activities.
(3) Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO). Manages Departmental responsibilities under the NRP ESF#2 (Communications).
(4) Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance (OEPC). Manages the Departmental responsibilities under the National Response Plan for that portion of ESF #11
(Agriculture and Natural Resources) covering Protection of Natural and Cultural Resources and
Historic Properties (NCH Resources). Manages Departmental responsibilities under the National
Response Plan for ESF #10 (Oil and Hazardous Materials response), and the Oil and Hazardous
Materials Incident Annex.
(5) Office of Communications (OCO). Manages Departmental responsibilities under the NRP ESF#15 (External Affairs) and the Public Affairs Support Annex.
(6) Office of Occupational Health and Safety (OHS). Manages Departmental responsibilities under the NRP Worker Safety and Health Support Annex.
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(7) Office of Insular Affairs (OIA). Manages Departmental responsibilities under the NRP International Coordination Support Annex and ensures that the interests of Insular
Areas are adequately represented in NRP planning, preparedness, and response.
(8) Bureau of Reclamation (BOR). Manages Departmental responsibilities under the NRP ESF#3 (Public Works and Engineering).
(9) U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Manages Departmental responsibilities under the NRP under the part of ESF #11 (Agriculture and Natural Resources) covering Animal
and Plant Disease and Pest Response, ESF#14 (Long Term Community Recovery and
Mitigation), the Science and Technology Support Annex, the Biological Incident Annex, Cyber
Incident Annex, and the Food and Agriculture Incident Annex.
(10) Minerals Management Service (MMS). Manages Departmental responsibilities under the NRP ESF#12 (Energy).
(11) Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). Manages Departmental responsibilities under the NRP Tribal Relations Support Annex, and ensures that the interest of tribes and Native
Alaskans are adequately represented in NRP planning, preparedness and response.
5.7 NRP Principal Planners. Bureaus and offices delegated responsibilities for Emergency
Support Functions (ESF), Incident Annexes, and/or Support Annexes shall designate an NRP
Principal Planner to manage planning, preparedness, and response activities related to the
assigned ESF or annex. NRP Principal Planners shall:
A. Serve as the DOI point of contact for other departments and agencies for activities
related to the assigned ESF, Incident, or Support annex.
B. Manage Departmental responsibilities under the assigned annex. This includes:
(1) Coordination with other bureaus and offices as needed to support the annex, to
ensure a unified DOI approach to and participation in prevention, preparedness, response, and
recovery activities under the annex.
(2) Establishing procedures and providing guidance to assure readiness to respond
to ESF or other annex activation and mission assignments on a 24/7 basis.
(3) Ensuring coordination with Bureau or Office Emergency Coordinators for
National Response Plan annex-related activities..
C. Keep the Departmental Emergency Coordinator apprised of all NRP activities.
D. Coordinate mission assignments in a manner which will optimize reimbursement for
resources deployed to support NRP activities.
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E. During response activities, assure compliance with reporting requirements in 900
F. OLES shall provide coordination for all ESF, Incident, and Support Annexes which
are not specifically assigned to a bureau or office.
G. Tables 5.1, 5.2, and 5.3 summarize bureau and office assignments under the NRP:
Principal DOI EMERGENCY SUPPORT FUNCTIONS (ESF) Planner ESF-1 OWFC Transportation
ESF 2 OCIO Communications
ESF-3 BOR Public Works and Engineering
ESF-4 OWFC Firefighting
ESF-5 OLES Emergency Management
ESF-6 OWFC Mass Care, Housing and Human Services
ESF-7 OWFC Resource Support
ESF-8 OLES Public Health and Medical Services
DOI not assigned as ESF-9 NRP Primary or Urban Search and Rescue
Support Agency ESF-10: OEPC Oil and Hazardous Materials Response
Agriculture and Natural Resources ESF-11 USGS (Animal and Plant Disease and Pest Response)
Agriculture and Natural Resources ESF-11 OEPC (Natural & Cultural Resources and Historic Properties)
ESF-12 MMS Energy
ESF-13 OLES Public Safety and Security
Long-Term Community Recovery and Mitigation ESF-14 USGS
ESF-15 OCO External Affairs
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SUPPORT ANNEXES Principal DOI Planner Financial Management PFM International Coordination OIA Logistics Management OWFC Private Sector Coordination OWFC Public Affairs OCO Science & Technology USGS Tribal Relations BIA Volunteer and Donations DOI not assigned as NRP Coordinating or
Cooperating Agency Management Support
Worker Safety and Health OHS
INCIDENT ANNEXES Principal DOI Planner Biological Incident USGS Catastrophic Incident OLES Cyber Incident OCIO Food and Agriculture Incident USGS Nuclear/Radiological Incident OLES Oil & Hazardous Materials Incident OEPC Terrorism Incident Law OLES Enforcement and Investigation