The Backbone of Successful Operations

EMAC's governance structure makes it unique and one of the primary reasons why the Compact remains the backbone of the National Mutual Aid System.

EMAC's Governance Structure

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EMAC's Governance Structure

National Emergency Management Association (NEMA)

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The National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) association 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 nation's security. NEMA is the professional association of and for emergency management directors from all 50 states, eight U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.
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The EMAC Committee receives recommendations for the selection of the ETF Chair-Elect from the EMAC Executive Task Force and votes on acceptance of the recommended Executive Task Force Chair-Elect. All Member States have agreed to accept EMAC Committee decisions made within the purview of the NEMA By-Laws. 

The EMAC Committee consists of a chair, vice-chair, a past NEMA President liaison, and state directors (or their designees). The emergency management director from every state and territory that has passed EMAC legislation and signed EMAC into (state) law is invited to participate on the EMAC Committee. The Chair of the EMAC Executive Task Force is a non-voting ex officio member of the EMAC Committee along with non-voting private sector liaisons.

EMAC Committee

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The EMAC Committee voting membership is comprised of state emergency directors who volunteer to serve. They are responsible for oversight of the Compact.  The EMAC Committee delegates responsibility for conducting business and emergency operations responsibilities on its behalf to the NEMA Staff, the EMAC Executive Task Force, and the EMAC Operational Components.

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EMAC Advisory Group

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The EMAC Advisory Group (EAG), established in 2006, gives national organizations a venue through which to work in coordination with the EMAC Committee and the EMAC Executive Task Force for the improvement of EMAC throughout the nation. Membership to the group is by invitation only to representatives from the national organizations serving the first responder community and other mutual aid stakeholders.

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EMAC's Administration

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Since 1995, the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA), headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky, has administered EMAC. NEMA's administration includes dedicated fulll time staff support. 

Learn How NEMA Supports EMAC

EMAC Executive Task Force

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The EMAC Executive Task Force (ETF) is comprised of state emergency management personnel. Voting membership includes a chair, chair-elect and immediate past chair, three at large members, 10 lead state representatives (one from each FEMA region) and one member from the NEMA Legal Council Committee.

The ETF formulates and provides policy guidelines and procedures pertaining to the implementation of the EMAC in coordination with NEMA administrative support under the guidance of the EMAC Committee.  

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The EMAC Committee grants the ETF the power to consider all matters of supervision and control of the business and operational affairs, and to take whatever action is deemed appropriate on behalf of the Member States.  All recommendations and actions of the ETF shall be subject to approval by the membership present at the next regular meeting of the EMAC Committee.  In the interim period between the promulgation of the actions taken by the ETF and said meeting of the EMAC Committee, the EMAC state membership shall abide by the recommendations and actions taken by the ETF on their behalf. 

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EMAC Operational Components

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There are five EMAC Operational Components: The National Emergency Management Association, the National Coordinating State, the A-Team, the National EMAC Liaison Team, and the Regional EMAC Liaison Team.

 

The EMAC Operational Components work together during an incident to share information and ensure the EMAC procedures are being followed. Each operational component has its own functions, roles and responsibilities.

Learn more about the EMAC Operational Components