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Handbook 11-07
December 2010

Appendix P

Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officers

Emergency preparedness liaison officer (EPLO) is a generic term referring collectively to service and other Department of Defense (DOD) agency personnel who coordinate military assistance to other federal agencies and state governments.

These positions are established to:

  • Coordinate resources as required, typically through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mission assignment process.
  • Maintain effective communication between the DOD components, DOD, and other state and/or federal governmental agencies and nongovernmental organizations.
  • Promote mutual understanding among various organizations tasked with providing and coordinating emergency support functions in civil emergency situations.
  • Serve as a subject-matter expert on service-specific capabilities, limitations, and legal authorities.


Regional Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer

Regional EPLOs (REPLOs) are reservists assigned to the FEMA regions with the same areas of responsibility as their respective defense coordinating officers (DCOs). They may backfill for DCOs who have been deployed. REPLOs direct their efforts toward planning and coordinating defense support to civil authorities (DSCA) activities. They serve as subject matter experts for the regions and their respective services and are highly trained in request for assistance and mission assignment development.

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) plans to assign one senior reserve officer (O-5) billet at each FEMA region. During nondisaster periods, USCG EPLOs fall under the command and control of the USCG district that encompasses the FEMA region. Upon activation, the USCG EPLO typically reports either to the FEMA regional response coordination center or the joint field office for the declared disaster.



State Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer

At the state level, state EPLOs (SEPLOs) can perform duties in state emergency operations centers (EOCs). SEPLOs are the subject matter experts in their states; they serve as DOD liaisons for DSCA to state and federal agencies and maintain situational awareness within the state. Their purpose is to build relationships on a daily basis.

EPLOs are also referred to as NEPLOs (Navy), AFEPLOs (Air Force), or MEPLOs (Marine Corps). Regardless of title, their functions and responsibilities to their DCOs are the same as described above.



REGION

STATE

POSITION

PHONE

I

CT

Liaison Officer

(781) 928-0160

I

MA

Liaison Officer

(978) 796-3784

I

ME

Liaison Officer

(207) 992-4042

I

NH

Liaison Officer

(603) 885-5667

I

RI

Liaison Officer

(207) 892-1314

I

 

Chief REPLO

(781) 266-9317

I

 

Assistant REPLO

(617) 626-8032

 

 

 

 

II

NJ

Liaison Officer

(646) 996-8137

II

NY

Liaison Officer

(215) 697-6046

II

NY

Assistant Liaison Officer

(315) 952-8408

II

PR

Liaison Officer

(787) 707-4172

II

VI

Liaison Officer

(787) 977-5820

II

 

Assistant REPLO

(732) 532-9660

 

 

 

 

III

DC

Liaison Officer

(610) 834-3467

III

DE

Liaison Officer

(610) 591-6882

III

MD

Liaison Officer

(215) 345-2665

III

PA

Liaison Officer

(717) 214-6658

III

VA

Liaison Officer

(757) 688-1649

III

VA

Assistant Liaison Officer

 

III

WV

Liaison Officer

 

III

 

Chief REPLO

(703) 235-2894

III

 

Assistant REPLO

(215) 656-6693

 

 

 

 

IV

AL

Liaison Officer

(251) 460-7891

IV

AL

Assistant Liaison Officer

(334) 687-1986

IV

FL

Liaison Officer

 

IV

FL

Assistant Liaison Officer

(210) 569-2448

IV

GA

Liaison Officer

(404) 886-5342

IV

GA

Assistant Liaison Officer

 

IV

KY

Liaison Officer

(502) 454-2948

IV

MS

Liaison Officer

(901) 224-5434

IV

MS

Assistant Liaison Officer

(601) 214-3504

IV

NC

Liaison Officer

(919) 456-3902

IV

SC

Liaison Officer

(864) 597-4351

IV

TN

Liaison Officer

(865) 986-1300

IV

 

Chief REPLO

(404) 353-0806

IV

 

Assistant REPLO

(404) 464-4301

REGION

STATE

POSITION

PHONE

V

IL

Liaison Officer

(616) 229-1465

V

IN

Liaison Officer

(502) 458-4147

V

IN

Assistant Liaison Officer

(317) 510-7279

V

MI

Liaison Officer

(312) 408-5342

V

MN

Liaison Officer

 

V

OH

Liaison Officer

(513) 569-4682

V

WI

Liaison Officer

(312) 408-5331

V

 

Chief REPLO

(952) 294-5908

V

 

Assistant REPLO

(612) 713-3995

 

 

 

 

VI

AR

Liaison Officer

(501) 604-1943

VI

LA

Liaison Officer

(501) 771-7805

VI

LA

Assistant Liaison Officer

(337) 531-9869

VI

NM

Liaison Officer

(915) 521-7433

VI

NM

Liaison Officer

(706) 394-3153

VI

OK

Liaison Officer

 

VI

TX

Liaison Officer

(210) 221-0437

VI

TX

Assistant Liaison Officer

(210) 225-5254

VI

 

Chief REPLO

(903) 963-5600

 

 

 

 

VII

IA

Liaison Officer

(515) 993-6925

VII

KS

Liaison Officer

(620) 778-3075

VII

MO

Liaison Officer

(318) 485-3128

VII

 

Liaison Officer

(816) 283-7066

VII

 

Chief REPLO

(913) 651-3300

VII

 

Assistant REPLO

(816) 340-4341

 

 

 

 

VIII

CO

Liaison Officer

(303) 739-7421

VIII

MT

Liaison Officer

(406) 522-6272

VIII

ND

Liaison Officer

(701) 740-3168

VIII

SD

Liaison Officer

(605) 353-8500

VIII

UT

Liaison Officer

 

VIII

WY

Liaison Officer

 

VIII

 

Chief REPLO

(303) 862-2067

 

 

 

 

IX

AZ

Liaison Officer

(520) 378-2511

IX

Northern CA

Liaison Officer

(916) 795-9177

IX

Southern CA

Liaison Officer

(562) 795-2162

IX

Southern CA

Assistant Liaison Officer

(562) 795-2289

IX

 

Chief REPLO

(916) 704-1001

IX

 

Assistant REPLO

(916) 322-6905

 

 

 

 

X

ID

Liaison Officer

 

X

OR

Liaison Officer

 

X

WA

Assistant Liaison Officer

(206) 389-6011

X

 

Chief REPLO

(509) 372-6260


Table P-1. Title 10 REPLOs and SEPLOs



USCG EPLOs, not being Title 10 forces in most instances, have statutorily different authorities and capabilities that differ significantly from the DOD services and the National Guard (when under Title 10 or Title 32).

EPLOs do not perform the traditional roles of selected reserve (SELRES) members at a unit. EPLOs provide close coordination with their respective district EPLO coordinators and are assigned to foster the exchange of information, promote cooperation and communication, and coordinate the planning and implementation of USCG contingency plans with federal (especially Department of Homeland Security organizations), state, and local emergency preparedness partners. EPLOs will maintain a close relationship with assigned FEMA regions. When a joint field office team is deployed the EPLO is able to serve as a USCG point of contact assigned to the FEMA region. The EPLO can introduce the team to appropriate officials and get it established.

FEMA regions and USCG districts do not coincide geographically (Figure P-1). The structure is managed as follows:

  • USCG EPLOs are assigned to each district.
  • A SELRES commander (05) is assigned as the EPLO for each of FEMA's 10 regional offices.
  • Districts 1 and 8 have a SELRES (06) assigned as district EPLO coordinator because more than one FEMA regional office exists within each of those district boundaries.
  • The district EPLO coordinator has responsibilities for Districts 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, and 17 and may be assigned to an active duty member of the district planning division (DX) or district response division (DR); this is not intended to be a full-time equivalent position.
  • The FEMA region EPLO reports directly to the district EPLO coordinator in a "direct reporting" relationship. The district EPLO coordinator works for the DX or DR division, depending upon the district commander's preference.

Details concerning USCG EPLOs can be found in Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer (EPLO) Roles and Responsibilities Guidebook, (CG-5334), USCG Office of Disaster and Continuity Operations, December 2009.



Graphic showing FEMA-USCG district map, FEMA regions and USCG districts do not coincide geographically


Figure P-1. FEMA-USCG district map

 


 

 
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