Emergency Support Function 15: Standard Operating Procedures [July 2016]   [open pdf - 2MB]

"Providing the public timely and accurate lifesaving information during major incidents remains our highest priority. The Emergency Support Function (ESF) #15 Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) 2016 edition is our primary guiding document to coordinate outreach and ensure consistent public information through an integrated Federal incident communications system. This document, an update to the 2013 SOP, builds upon the external affairs policy established in Presidential Policy Directive 8, Homeland Security Presidential Directive 5, the National Response Framework, National Incident Management System and Incident Command System. This 2016 SOP has been updated using lessons learned from numerous incidents. Some of these include an increase of unaccompanied alien children crossing the U.S. southern border, explosions in Tianjin, China and natural disasters. This version includes new information about Tribal Affairs, the Private Sector Incident Communications Conference Line (PICCL), a Lead Federal Official (LFO) and Federal radiation resources. The SOP will be continually reviewed, and users are encouraged to submit comments and recommendations to the incident communications team within Department of Homeland Security Public Affairs or specific department or agency points of contacts as applicable."

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