Law and Public Safety

Law and Public Safety

Basic Emergency Operations Plan (BEOP)

The St. Louis County Basic Emergency Operations Plan, minus annexes, is available for download in Adobe Acrobat (.PDF) format by clicking the link below. It is a fairly large file - 409 KB and 116 pages - and will take few moments for the first pages to appear when viewed over a dialup connection.

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In addition to the BEOP, St. Louis County uses Emergency Support Functions (ESFs) as the primary mechanisms at the operational level to organize and provide assistance during the response and recovery phases of a disaster.

St. Louis County's 15 ESFs are listed below and each can be downloaded in Adobe Acrobat (.PDF) format.

  • ESF 1 (Transportation)

    ESF #1 provides support to the Office of Emergency Management and other County governmental entities in the management of transportation systems and infrastructure during domestic threats or in response to incidents.


  • ESF 2 (Communications)

    ESF #2 coordinates the actions to be taken to assure the arrangement of required communications and telecommunications (computers and telephone systems, etc. during a disaster situation, as well as, the activation of warning systems and restoration of essential communicating systems.


  • ESF 3 (Public Works and Engineering)

    ESF #3 coordinates and organizes the capabilities and resources of St. Louis County Government to facilitate the delivery of services, technical assistance, engineering expertise, construction management, and other support to prepare for, respond to, and/or recover from a disaster or an incident requiring a coordinated county response.


  • ESF 4 (Firefighting)

    ESF #4 provides local support for the detection and suppression of fires resulting from, or occurring coincidentally with, an incident requiring a coordinated response for assistance.


  • ESF 5 (Emergency Management)

    ESF #5 provides the core management and administrative functions in support of the emergency operations.


  • ESF 6 (Mass Care, Emergency Assistance, Disaster Housing)

    ESF #6 coordinates the delivery of mass care; emergency assistance; disaster housing; and human services.


  • ESF 7 (Logistics Management and Resource Support)

    ESF #7 provides a comprehensive disaster logistics planning, management, and sustainment capability that organizes the resources of local logistics partners, key public and private stakeholders, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to meet the needs of disaster victims and responders.


  • ESF 8 (Public Health and Medical Services)

    ESF #8 provides the mechanism for coordinated assistance to assure local resources in response to a public health and medical disaster within St. Louis County.


  • ESF 9 (Search and Rescue)

    ESF #9 rapidly deploys components of the local fire departments and districts to provide specialized lifesaving assistance to local authorities when activated for incidents or potential incidents requiring a coordinated local response.


  • ESF 10 (Oil and Hazardous Materials)

    ESF #10 provides support in response to an actual or potential discharge and/or uncontrolled release of oil or hazardous materials.


  • ESF 11 (Agriculture and Natural Resources)

    ESF #11 supports efforts to: Provide nutritional assistance; Control and eradicate, as appropriate, any outbreak of a highly contagious or economically devastating animal/zoonotic (i.e., transmitted between animals and people) disease, or any outbreak of an economically devastating plant pest or disease; Ensure the safety and security of the commercial food supply; Protect natural and cultural resources and historic properties (NCH) resources, and; Provide for the safety and well-being of household pets during an emergency response or evacuation situation.


  • ESF 12 (Energy)

    ESF #12 is intended to facilitate the restoration of damaged energy systems and components when activated for incidents requiring a coordinated response.


  • ESF 13 (Public Safety and Security)

    ESF #13 coordinates local public safety and security capabilities and resources to support the full range of incident management activities associated with potential or actual incidents requiring a coordinated response. This ESF does not usurp or override the policies or mutual aid and assistance agreements of any local jurisdiction, government, or agency.


  • ESF 14 (Long-Term Community Recovery)

    ESF #14 – Long-Term Community Recovery provides a mechanism for coordinating support to local governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and the private sector to enable community recovery from the long-term consequences of extraordinary disasters.


  • ESF 15 (External Affairs)

    ESF #15 ensures that sufficient assets are deployed to the field during incidents requiring a coordinated response to provide accurate, coordinated, timely, and accessible information to affected audiences, including governments, media, the private sector, and the local populace, including the special needs population.