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Dallas County Community College District - Emergency Support Function #8 – Public Health & Medical Services 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.
Emergency Management Coordinator
4343 IH 30
Mesquite, TX 75150
DCCCD Public Safety & Security
1601 South Lamar Street
Dallas, TX 75215
Dallas County Health & Humans Services
2377 N. Stemmons Fwy
Dallas, TX 75207
Texas Dept. of State Health Services
1301 S. Bowen Road, Suite 200
Arlington, TX 76013
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
1600 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30329
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, and neighboring jurisdictions.
ESFs will normally be activated at the direction of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Director 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 8 is to provide, in a coordinated manner, the resources for public health, mental health, and medical services that may be needed in an emergency during an emergency or disaster impacting Dallas County Community College District.
The Public Health and Medical Services ESF assists college District, local, federal, state government entities, and voluntary organizations in performing response missions following a disaster or emergency.
Emergency Support Function 8:
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 DCCCD.
The District makes the following planning assumptions:
The emergency support function will primarily take action in the following phases:
Although timing is not certain, the occurrence of a public health crisis or dangerous infectious disease incident in the future can be predicted with a fair degree of certainty.
Three conditions must be met for an incident to occur:
At the immediate onset of any suspected or confirmed public health or infectious disease cluster(s) the Office of Emergency Management will be notified to begin coordination with the ESF8 primary agency and required support agencies.
Many infectious diseases and emergent infectious agents may impact housing, instruction, and operation of the District. During a public health situation or infectious disease emergency, the District will address instructional, and personnel issues using the multi-hazard frameworks of the emergency operations, instructional, and operational plans. Subject matter experts will be utilized from local public health (Dallas County Health & Human Services), Texas Department of State Health Services, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Infection control measures may be implemented following guidance from subject matter experts for any public health or infectious disease situation – including preliminary mitigation actions. These measures may include, but are not limited to: awareness and education programs, international travel return restrictions, work/school/activity exclusion, isolation, quarantine, social distancing, decontamination, and destruction of material which cannot be safely decontaminated.