ESF 2 provides communications support to the impacted area as well as internally to the Emergency Operations Center (EOC). They coordinate the actions to be taken to assure the arrangement of required communications and telecommunications (computers, telephones, etc.) during a disaster as well as the activation of warning systems and restoration of essential communication systems. ESF 2 support is scalable to meet the specific needs of each incident response and response resources are drawn from a matrix of personnel and equipment available from the ESF 2 support agencies.

ESF 2 has the following responsibilities:

  • Coordinate efforts with the telecommunications and information technology industries.
  • Support response efforts by development of an incident-based interoperable communications plan. (ICS Form 205)
  • Coordinate the restoration and repair of the first response and County government telecommunications infrastructure.
  • Oversight of communications within the local incident management and response structures.
  • Designate a team lead for a component responsible for tactical communications functions.
  • Designate personnel to support tactical communications functions.
  • Provide personnel to support overall ESF 2 operations.
  • Coordinate with the support agencies to develop appropriate documentation, policies and procedures pertinent to tactical communications functions.
  • Provide communications support to local first responders.
  • Coordinate the restoration of public safety communications systems and first responder networks.
  • Provide communications and IT support to the EOC.
  • Assess anticipated and actual damage in the incident area.

One of the support groups to ESF 2 is Amateur Radio Communications. ESF 2 can request Amateur Radio personnel support through these three organizations, Missouri Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (R.A.C.E.S.), Amateur Radio Emergency Services (A.R.E.S.) and Amateur Radio Relay League (A.R.R.L).