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Emergency Support Functions

support functions During most smaller emergencies, each agency in state government performs its specialized tasks according to the agency's in-house Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). During major emergencies, however, there is an increased need for the coordination of all activities relevant to the emergency response as they relate to the event as a whole. This operation takes place at the State EOC. The ESF Group is composed of a lead agency and one or more support agencies. The lead agency is responsible for the coordination of Tampa's 19 ESF groups as a whole, with individual agencies performing their emergency missions as they otherwise would, except that they are being coordinated by the lead agency.