Effective EMAC Response Hinges on Trained and Prepared State PersonnelDuring the response to Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in 2011, 25 states sent 1,126 people on 68 missions to 10 states through EMAC. NEMA conducted an after action review that included 40 participants from 22 states that were involved in the direct coordination and/or delivery of EMAC resources. Participants outlined what went well during the response and areas where improvements could be made. Conclusions: Two overall factors determine the success of a state to respond to and recover from any disaster: 1) States that have a high level of EMAC pre-event preparedness experience a much higher level of success than states that do not; and 2) Qualified, knowledgeable and trained personnel including executive leadership, enhance the process of expediting mutual aid assistance when needed. Thank you to all of the representatives who participated in the AAR. Download the 2011 Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee EMAC AAR here
The devastating flooding left from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee that impacted New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Delaware, Connecticut, Vermont, and Pennsylvania was responded to by states sending 1123 personnel into the impacted areas under EMAC. Operations started on August 25, 2011 will continue through October 15, 2011. Photo Credit: NOAA
The National Emergency Management Association (NEMA), through grant funds from the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS/FEMA) awarded grants to the states to develop EMAC capabilities. States will use the funding to develop mission ready packages for response specific resources and to develop EMAC focused exercises.
In response to the devastating tornadoes and floods this past spring, states deployed 947 state and local personnel under EMAC to conduct search and rescue, law enforcement, donations management, public information officers, and EMAC A-Teams to the impacted states of Alabama, Tennessee, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Idaho, Mississippi, Maryland, and Iowa.
Distance Learning - Take a course in EMAC's eLearning CenterEMAC E431 - Comprehensive EMAC course with an exercise component. Taught twice a year at FEMA's Emergency Management Institute (EMI).
Advanced Team (A-Team) training - Coordinated through the state emergency management agencies & taught by NEMA.
The Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), has been ratified by Congress and law in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. EMAC is the nation's state to state mutual aid system. Learn more by watching the short video above.
A-Team Course: Tallahassee, FL
Paul Hogue & Kim Ketterhagen will instruct potential A-Team members in Tallahassee, FL December 11-12, 2012. Participants should be individuals who would work on an EMAC Advance Team (A-Team) during an EMAC event within a Requesting or Assisting State. These individuals must have strong leadership skills and substantial knowledge about mutual aid and EMAC.
For information about registering, please contact your state emergency management agency or Region V EMAC Lead State Representative.
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