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ESF 11: Agricultural and Natural Resources

Approval and Implementation

Dallas County Community College District Emergency Support Function #11 – Agriculture and Natural Resources Annex

This Emergency Operations Plan Annex is hereby approved for the Dallas County Community College District. This plan annex is effective immediately and supersedes all previous editions.

Emergency Support Function 11 – Agriculture

ESF Coordinator

District Emergency Manager
4343 IH30
Mesquite, TX 75150
Phone: 972-860-4048

Primary Department/Agency

DCCCD Public Safety & Security
1601 South Lamar Street
Dallas, TX 75215
Phone: 214-378-1624

Support and External Agencies

Texas Department of Agriculture
North Texas Regional Office (Region 2)

1720 Regal Row, Suite
118 Dallas, TX 75235
Phone: 214-631-0265

Texas Animal Health Commission
Sulphur Springs Region

1400 College Street, Suite 133
Sulphur Springs, TX 75482
Phone: 903-919-3663

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services
Agriculture and Life Sciences Building

600 John Kimbrough Boulevard, Suite 509
7101 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-7101
Phone: 979-845-9542


See Emergency Operations Plan, Authority.


The Emergency Support Function (ESF) annexes to the Emergency Operations Plan organize the applicable college District positions, departments, and outside support agencies into groups according to their roles in strategic response to a campus emergency or disaster. Outside agencies may include: governmental, non-governmental, private sector, and other volunteer resources. The ESF annex provides basic information on available internal and external departments and agencies that might be needed for an incident that affects Dallas County Community College District. Each ESF has at least one lead position or department within the District that will lead the specific response, one or more supporting departments within the District that will provide response support, and one or more external supporting departments from the surrounding communities, and neighboring jurisdictions.

ESFs will normally be activated at the direction of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Director in response to activation level 3 or greater emergencies as outlined in the EOP. Designated department and agency resources may be requested to respond or recover from emergency incidents that affect the District. Normally, the response and recovery actions will be coordinated from the EOC as Incident or Unified Command will use the resources at the incident scene.

The primary position/department/office(s) will normally be responsible for coordinating specific requirements associated with the emergency support function. Support position/department/office(s) may be contacted to provide expertise and assistance, as needed. Finally, external departments/agencies may be needed if internal resources are overwhelmed or where District capabilities do not exist (such as emergency medical or fire services.) In all cases, prior memorandums of understanding, mutual aid agreements, or funding issues would need to be addressed prior to requesting assistance.


The purpose of ESF 11 is to identify the internal and external departments responsible for agriculture and natural resources in an emergency. This ESF provides and coordinate resources (personnel, equipment, facilities, materials and supplies) to support agricultural needs during an emergency or disaster.


Emergency Support Function 11:

  • Provides nutritional assistance as well as support to all agriculture operations during an emergency or disaster.
  • Responds to animal and plant diseases and pests.
  • Ensures the safety and security of the commercial food supplies.


Dallas County Community College District is exposed to many hazards, all of which have the potential for disrupting the community, causing casualties, and damaging or destroying public or private property. Potential emergencies and disasters include both natural and human-caused incidents.

See the EOP Hazard Summary for the potential emergencies that may impact DCCCD.

The district DOES NOT operate its own agriculture and natural resources department and has minimal internal response capability for this ESF.


The District makes the following planning assumptions:

  • District resources will be quickly overwhelmed.
  • Communication systems may fail during a major incident.
  • Shortfalls can be expected in both support personnel and equipment.
  • Local, state, and federal assistance may not be immediately available.

Concept of Operations


  • The Emergency Operations Plan provides overall guidance for emergency planning.
  • ESF annexes are designed to provide general guidance and basic information to include points of contact in case additional resources or expertise is needed at the EOC or incident scene.


  • Because the district does not operate its own agriculture capability, the ESF coordinator will assign the ESF support agency respective to campus location and with primary jurisdiction as the primary agency for this ESF.
  • National Incident Management System concepts will be used for all incidents.
  • Incident or Unified Command will be used by responding departments and agencies.
  • When requested, ESF personnel will report to the EOC and utilize the EOP, its annexes, and other SOPs to activate and operate during an incident or event.


  • If ESF 11 requires activation, the EOC Director or his/her staff will contact the departments or agencies listed in this annex to report to the EOC.
  • The district emergency notification system may be utilized for the notification and recall of groups needed for the function of the ESF.

Direction and Control

  • The Incident Command System (ICS) is used by District personnel to respond to emergencies and disasters. During the emergency response phase, all responders will report to the designated Incident Commander (IC) at the Incident Command Post (ICP).
  • The ESF shall not self-deploy to the incident scene. Wait to be contacted or try to contact the Emergency Operations Center for guidance and direction.
  • Do not call any emergency dispatch or public safety answering point unless you have an emergency or critical information to report.

Emergency Support Function Operations

The emergency support function will primarily take action in the following phases:

  • Preparedness
    • Review and update this annex.
    • Participate in any exercises, as appropriate.
    • Develop and maintain a list of possible resources that could be requested in an emergency.
    • Maintain a list of personnel (at least one primary and one back up individual) that can be called to the EOC, as needed.
    • Develop procedures to document costs for any potential reimbursement.
  • Response
    • When requested by the EOC Manager, immediately respond to EOC.
    • Obtain, prioritize and allocate available resources.
    • Develop and maintain plans and procedures to provide fire, rescue, emergency medical, and hazardous material response services.
    • Activate the necessary equipment and resources to address the emergency.
    • Requests mutual aid from neighboring jurisdictions, as appropriate.
  • Recovery
    • Prioritize and implement the restoration of critical facilities and services, including but not limited to: electricity, potable water, sanitary sewer, storm water systems, and heating/air conditioning.
    • Coordinate assistance as needed by the IC, EOC Manager, or EOC Policy Group, as appropriate.
    • Ensure that ESF 11 team members or their agencies maintain appropriate records of costs incurred during the event.


ESF Coordinator

  • Develop, maintain, and coordinate the planning and operational functions of the ESF Annex through the ESF primary agency.
  • Maintain working memorandums of understanding (MOUs), mutual aid agreements (MAAs), or other functional contracts to bolster the ESF capability.

ESF Primary Agency

  • Serves as the lead agency for ESF 11, supporting the response and recovery operations after activation of the EOC.
  • Develop, maintain, and update plans and standard operating procedures (SOPs) for use during an emergency.
  • Identify, train, and assign personnel to staff ESF 11 when district EOC is activated.
  • At a minimum, the National Incident Management System ICS-100, ICS-200, IS-700, and IS-800 on line classes should be completed by assigned personnel. In addition, ICS-300 and ICS-400 in residence training must be completed by designated leadership positions. Additional training requirements may found in the Training, Testing, and Exercise support annex, published under a separate cover.

ESF Support and External Agencies

  • The supporting external agencies in this ESF will assume primary agency status, with all responsibilities of the primary agency as indicated in this annex, upon their arrival as the district does not operate its own agriculture capability.
  • Support the district with memorandums of understanding (MOUs), mutual aid agreements (MAAs), or other functional contracts.

Terms and References


DCCCDDallas County Community College District
EOCEmergency Operations or Operating Center
ESFEmergency Support Function
ICIncident Commander
ICPIncident Command Post
ICSIncident Command System
IPInternet Protocol
MAAMutual Aid Agreement
MOUMemorandum of Understanding
SOPsStandard Operating Procedures


Emergency Operations CenterSpecially equipped facilities from which government officials exercise direction and control and coordinate necessary resources in an emergency situation.
Inter-local agreementsArrangements between governments or organizations, either public or private, for reciprocal aid and assistance during emergency situations where the resources of a single jurisdiction or organization are insufficient or inappropriate for the tasks that must be performed to control the situation. Commonly referred to as mutual aid agreements (MAAs) and can include memorandums of understanding (MOUs).
Standard Operating ProceduresApproved methods for accomplishing a task or set of tasks. SOPs are typically prepared at the department or agency level. May also be referred to as Standard Operating Guidelines (SOGs).
Terrorist IncidentA violent act, or an act dangerous to human life, in violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any state, to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political and social objectives