What are Mission Ready Packages, and why are they important?
Mission Ready Packages (MRPs) describe specific response and recovery resource capabilities that are organized, developed, trained, and exercised prior to an emergency or disaster. Mission Ready Packages may be considered the next logical step in the evolution of resource typing, as they include elements found within resource-typed definitions, but they also detail such information as the missions supported, estimated cost of the mission, location of the resource, limiting factors related to the mission, and logistic support requirements.
MRPs are important to mutual aid because they allow for rapid identification, location, request, order, and tracking of specific resources quickly and effectively during an emergency, when time is of the essence. Because MRP development involves establishing a quality cost estimate upfront, before an emergency ever occurs, they also result in a well-documented reimbursement package and more efficient reimbursement between states.