The National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) recently issued a national report on states’ abilities to deploy private sector and volunteer resources through EMAC (Emergency Management Assistance Compact). SDMI was a major component of this project, being tasked by NEMA to conduct the studies and produce the report. Below is NEMA’s press release announcing the report:
“As states consider ways to increase their disaster response/recovery resource inventories, NEMA is releasing a new report on innovations and best practices in deploying private sector and volunteer resources through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC). In partnership with the Stephenson Disaster Management Institute (SDMI), NEMA conducted a survey on these issues and received responses from 43 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Detailed follow-up interviews were conducted with 16 states. The report focuses on gaining insight into the experiences of states that have used the EMAC process to deploy private sector and volunteer resources to states with specific needs requested through EMAC. These states provided a wealth of information regarding their experiences, capabilities and concerns in deploying private sector and volunteer resources. This report provides specific examples of solutions that can be replicated in other states interested in building these capabilities.
The following documents are being released as part of the NEMA study:
- EMAC Private Sector and Volunteer Resources Analysis
- Sample Intergovernmental Agreement between State and Local, Non-Governmental and Tribal Organizations for mutual aid deployments. We highly recommend all states take a look at this agreement if you need a model. It can be modified to accommodate any state’s particular issues.
- EMAC Best Practices and Lessons Learned on Private Sector and Volunteer Deployments
- EMAC Case Study on North Carolina deployment of field hospitals with public and private personnel
NEMA would like to thank the states and territories that participated in the survey effort and a special thanks to those that agreed to follow-up interviews. … Read the rest