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Local News: State of Arkansas Emergency Support Executive Order Issued (01/25/23)


WHEREAS: The State of Arkansas recognizes its responsibility to take a coordinated and comprehensive approach to protecting both its citizens and the infrastructure on which they depend;

WHEREAS: Arkansas is committed to providing a coordinated effort to protect the people and infrastructure of Arkansas, and to respond to man-made or natural disasters that may occur in this state; and

WHEREAS: Arkansas, in accordance with National Security Presidential Directive (HSPD)-5 and Arkansas Executive Order 15-13, has adopted the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the National Response Framework (NRF) for emergency response. Consequently, Arkansas uses the Emergency Support Function (ESF) structure to coordinate planning and response efforts among public, private, and non-governmental organizations.

THEREFORE, I, SARAH HUKABEE SANDERS, acting under the authority vested in me as Governor of the State of Arkansas, hereby order the following:


The Director of the Arkansas Division of Emergency Management (the “Director”) shall direct emergency and/or natural disaster response in the state of Arkansas.

The director, or his designee, must also coordinate the activities of all non-state agencies, departments, and/or organizations involved in emergency management in the state of Arkansas.


This Executive Order constitutes the Arkansas Comprehensive Emergency Response Plan (the “Plan”), which is binding on all departments, commissions, boards, agencies, organizations, and employees of the State of Arkansas, political divisions of the State of Arkansas, authorized or directed to conduct operations for national security and emergency management.

The Director supplements the provisions of the Plan by establishing rules, regulations and procedures. Once passed, any amendments to the Plan also become binding on all departments, commissions, boards, agencies, organizations, and employees of the State of Arkansas, as well as on all local governments or political divisions of the state, authorized or authorized to provide internal security. and emergency management operations.

Any addition or subsequent change to the Plan must continue to follow the principles set forth in the NIMS, as well as provide for contingency actions that may be implemented in the event of an emergency and/or natural disaster in Arkansas.


The Director controls the activation and/or implementation of the Plan, as well as the conclusion and/or deactivation of the Plan.

The Director shall also supervise the activation and deactivation of the State Emergency Operations Center (hereinafter referred to as the “SEC”).

SEOC Activation is the implementation of the Plan.


The State of Arkansas has sixteen (16) ESFs, each with a primary coordinating agency. ESF and responsible agencies:

ESF #1 – Transportation: Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT)

ESF #2 – Communications: Arkansas Department of Public Safety (ADPS), Division of Emergency Management (ADEM)

ESF #3 – Community Service and Engineering: ARDOT

ESF #4 – Fire Fighting: Arkansas Department of Agriculture (ADA), Division of Forestry.

ESF #5 – Emergency Management: ADPS, ADEM

ESF #6 – Mass Aid, Emergency Assistance, Temporary Housing and Social Services: Arkansas Department of Human Services (ADHS)

ESF #7 – Resource Support: Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (ADFA)

ESF #8 – Public Health and Medical Services: Arkansas Department of Health (ADH)

ESF #9 – Search and Rescue: Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC)

ESF No. 10 – Oil and Hazardous Materials Response: Arkansas Department of Energy and Environment Division of Environmental Quality (ADEQ)

ESF No. 11 – Agriculture and Natural Resources: ADA

ESF #12 – Energy: Arkansas Public Service Commission (APSC)

ESF #13 – Public Safety: ADPS, Arkansas State Police Department (ASP)

ESF #14 – Private sector and infrastructure: ADPS, ADEM

ESF No. 15 – External Relations: ADPS, ADEM

ESF #16 – Cybersecurity: Arkansas Department of Transformation and General Services, Division of Information Systems (DIS)


The head of each department, division, office, agency, and organization specified in Section 4 of this Order must designate an emergency coordinator and deputy coordinator to act on behalf of the department during an emergency and provide the Director with their names and all telephone numbers. The manager must also appoint a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) coordinator who will prepare and maintain plans, procedures, arrangements, and agreements to ensure that the organization continues to fulfill its mission in the event of an emergency or natural disaster.


The head of each department/unit assigned primary responsibility for ESF in Section 4 must submit to the director the implementation procedures, which set out the department’s procedures for performing its assigned emergency support functions. The head of each department must provide the director with annual updates of their implementation procedures.


The head of each department/unit assigned emergency support duties in Section 4 of this Order must assist their main department in preparing their procedures and/or any other documents required to support the Plan.


The head of each department/department, who, in accordance with Section 4 of this Order, is entrusted with the main responsibility:

Staff the SEOC during drills, drills and emergencies as requested by the director;

Maintain and utilize a 24/7 response facility at departmental headquarters or departmental designated SEOC when the plan is implemented;

Participate in Plan exercises as scheduled by the Director;

Participate in and provide training necessary to perform the department’s emergency support function;

Conduct an annual internal review to update the details of their department’s implementation procedures and advise the director on necessary changes to their implementation procedures; and

Maintain the journals, records, and reporting systems required by all state and federal laws, rules, and regulations.

Identify, maintain and provide government resources that are needed for emergency and/or natural disaster operations. Public resource records must be made available to ADEM upon request or biennially.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my hand in causing the Great Seal of the State of Arkansas to be sealed today, January 23, A.D. 2023.

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