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Dallas County Community College District - Emergency Support Function #2 – Communications and Technology 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.
Assoc. Dist. Dir. I.T./Network Services 4343 IH 30 Mesquite, TX 75150 Phone: 972-860-8939
DCCCD Public Safety & Security Department 1601 South Lamar St. Dallas, TX 75215 Phone: 214-378-1624
Shared Infrastructure Services & IT Communications 4343 IH 30 Mesquite, TX 75150 Phone: 972-860-8939
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 of Gainesville, Corinth, Bowie, Graham, Flower Mound, Cooke County, Denton County, Montague County, Young County, and neighboring jurisdictions.
ESFs will normally be activated at the direction of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Manager 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 2 is to maintain communication and technology systems to ensure operations and instructional continuity, as well as support public safety in normal operating conditions and emergency situations.
Emergency Support Function 2:
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 the District.
The District makes the following planning assumptions:
A common operating procedure within the District and across local jurisdictions provides the framework for communications capabilities. Interoperable systems make this framework possible. Extensive communications networks and facilities are in existence throughout the college District and the cities in which District properties lie to provide coordinated capabilities for the most effective and efficient warning, response, and recovery activities. When these capabilities are properly coordinated, response activities become more effective and efficient.
The emergency support function will primarily take action in the following phases:
The existing communications and technology network at Dallas County Community College District serves to perform the communications efforts for emergency operations comprised of:
Landline circuits integrated into distributed IP phone and analog phone systems for each District campus serve as the primary means of communication with other communication systems as a backup. Secondary resources may be cell phones and other electronic devices. During emergency operations, all departments should maintain their existing equipment and procedures for communicating with their field units. Departments should keep the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) informed of their operations and status at all times. To meet the increased communications needs created by an emergency, various state and regional agencies, amateur radio operators, and other organization’s radio systems may be asked to supplement communications capabilities. These resource capabilities are requested through the local municipalities, mutual aid agreements, or the State of Texas.
Technological resources related to servers, workstations, digital displays, and other required resources for all phases of emergency management are to be maintained by the primary department identified in this ESF.