EMAC SUPPORTS RESPONSE IN THE WAKE OF HISTORIC FLOODING IN SOUTH CAROLINA
Lexington, KY – The historic flooding in South Carolina has left over 800 people seeking refuge in 22 shelters, 322 roads and 158 bridges closed, hundreds of thousands without drinking water and tens of thousands without power. When communities are overwhelmed states step up to help one another. This is made possible through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), a national interstate mutual aid agreement that allows states to share resources across state lines during disasters and emergencies.
Currently, there are more than 177 personnel from 7 states assisting in response efforts in South Carolina. Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee have provided advance teams, incident management staff, swift-water rescue and search and rescue teams, individual assistance specialists, public information officers, damage assessment teams. Also providing support are National Flood Insurance Program coordinators and National Guard engineering teams for debris removal and road repair, logistics support and coordination officers. It’s expected that EMAC support may be needed for some time as the state of South Carolina continues in the recovery process.
EMAC provides critical protections for personnel deployed across state lines to help with disaster response and recovery including tort liability, workers compensation, licensure and reimbursement. All 50 states are members of EMAC as well as the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. EMAC is administered by the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA).
Established in 1996, EMAC was ratified by Congress and signed into law (Public Law 104-321). It is the first national disaster-relief compact to be ratified by Congress since the Civil Defense Compact of 1950. All members must pass state legislation approving their participation in EMAC. The compact is administered by the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA).
For more information on EMAC, please visit the EMAC website at http://www.emacweb.org.
NEMA is the association of professionals dedicated to enhancing public safety by improving the nation’s ability to prepare for, respond to and recover from all emergencies, disasters and threats to our security. NEMA is an affiliate organization of The Council of State Governments, headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky.
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