Interagency Integrated Standard Operating Procedure: Joint Field Office (JFO) Activation and Operations   [open pdf - 578KB]

"In Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD)-5, the President directed the development of a National Incident Management System (NIMS) and a National Response Plan (NRP) to align Federal coordination structures, capabilities, and resources into a unified, all-discipline, and all-hazards approach to domestic incident management. This approach is unique and far reaching in that it, for the first time, eliminates critical seams and ties together a complete spectrum of incident management activities to include the prevention of, preparedness for, response to, and recovery from terrorism, major natural disasters, and other major emergencies. The end result is vastly improved coordination among Federal, State, local, and tribal organizations to help save lives and protect America's communities by increasing the speed, effectiveness, and efficiency of incident management. The NRP, in the Letter of Instruction, required the Secretary of Homeland Security to issue, in coordination and consultation with other departments and agencies, a series of detailed operational procedures implementing key NRP concepts, including the Joint Field Office (JFO). […] This standard operating procedure (SOP) fulfills the NRP requirement and provides a unified construct for coordinating Federal support to the on-scene Incident Commander(s). The Department of Homeland Security asks for your continued cooperation and assistance in the implementation of this procedure and the NRP more generally, and looks forward to working with you to use this new procedure to improve our national incident management capabilities across the board."

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