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Federal government departments and agencies that are tasked to provide response assistance, i.e., to take actions and coordinate activities which support state and local government efforts to save lives, preserve public health and safety and protect property, in an incident of national significance. Federal emergency response assistance is defined functionally according to 12 Emergency Support Functions (ESFs) outlined in the Federal Response Plan which was developed under the authority of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Public Law 93-288), and are implemented based on the resources required in a particular emergency. Designated departments and agencies have primary or support responsibilities based on their authorities, resources and capabilities in a particular functional area.

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