A key component of the R1EPT is the convening of various Emergency Support Function Groups, referred to as ESFs. These ESFs focus their attention on critical discipline-oriented areas. These are working groups tasked with advising and making recommendations to the Regional Emergency Planning Team relative to their specialized area of expertise. The Federal Emergency Response Plan has identified 17 specific ESF areas. In Region 1, the REPT has convened 17 RESFs. MetroCOG staff serves as Co-Chair of ESF-1: Transportation and primarily provides technical assistance to the group.
The RESF-1 function focuses on potential disruptions to the regional transportation system, which would require inter-jurisdictional coordination and information sharing. Transportation disruptions can occur as a result of direct impacts upon the transportation infrastructure (e.g. disasters and evacuations) or from surges in requirements placed on the system by emergencies in other functional areas.