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Emergency Management Assistance Compact Governance

The EMAC Executive Task Force (ETF) develops and implements policies and procedures of EMAC and the relay of information and issues from the local/regional level to the national level at the request of the EMAC Committee.

The EMAC Executive Task Force meets, at a minimum, twice annually (in conjunction with the NEMA conferences). Further, the EMAC Executive Task Force meets monthly through conference calls and within working groups.

The EMAC Executive Task Force comprises both voting members and non-voting members.

The voting membership comprises the EMAC ETF chair, the ETF chair-elect, the ETF past chair, the Lead State Representatives (one member from each FEMA region), and members at large (three members).

The non-voting membership consists of the EMAC administrative support team, comprising NEMA staff and a legal liaison from the NEMA Legal Counsel Committee.

Composition of the EMAC Executive Task Force: 

EMAC Executive Task Force Chair:

  • Election: Voted into position as Chair Elect one year prior to term
  • Term: One year (but may serve consecutive years)
  • Roles/Responsibilities: Provides direct oversight of the EMAC Executive Task Force (ETF) through coordination with the EMAC Committee Chair and NEMA staff, works on national policies that impact EMAC Member States, and provides updates to Congress upon request.  Serves as the Group leader for the National Coordinating State, to oversee the EMAC Span on Control.
  • Voting Member: Yes

EMAC Executive Task Force Chair Elect:

  • Election: Selected annually by a nomination of the ETF voting members and is voted on by the EMAC Committee.  The ETF Chair Elect must have a letter of support signed by their state emergency management director and must have served on the EMAC ETF in some capacity in the past.
  • Term: One year
  • Roles/Responsibilities: Provides direct oversight of the EMAC Executive Task Force (ETF) when the Chair is not present.
  • Voting Member: Yes

EMAC Executive Task Force Past Chair:

  • The ETF Chair becomes the ETF Past Chair after the one year term of office.
  • Term: One year
  • Election: None.
  • Role/Responsibilities: Provides support to and mentors the current Chair and Chair-Elect during their year of service.  Should the current Chair be unable to serve in the NCG role, responsibility will revert to Past Chair.
  • Voting Member: Yes
  • Operational: Should, during an operational period, the ETF Chair be unable to fulfill the duties required as the NCG, the EMAC Past Chair will serve as the NCG.

EMAC Lead State Representatives:

  • The Lead State Representatives serve on the EMAC Executive Task Force as the state representative for their FEMA region.
  • Term: The term of office shall be two (2) years in duration commencing at the EMAC Executive Task Force meeting at the NEMA Mid-Year Conference. An LSR can serve more than one term; however, efforts should be taken to rotate the LSR responsibility among Member States within every Region at the conclusion of each two (2) year term. If for any reason an LSR is unable to complete his/her term of office, the LSR will follow the selection process protocol (as given above) to select a replacement for the unexpired portion of the term.
  • Term of Office Rotation: To ensure continuity and avoid having all new LSRs on the board at once, LSRs representing a FEMA Region that is oddly numbered will rotate on odd years and LSRs representing a FEMA Region that is evenly numbered will rotate on even years.
  • Election: The Lead State Representative (LSR) is appointed to the ETF by a consensus of the state emergency management directors in the region of each LSR, for all of the ten (10) FEMA regions to serve as a liaison and a conduit between the EMAC ETF and the Member States within their region.  No later than sixty (60) days prior to the NEMA Annual Conference, the current LSR shall poll the state director of each Member State within his/her respective FEMA Region to select a successor state to serve as LSR for the next two (2) year term. The current LSR shall then notify the Executive Task Force Chair and provide the name of the successor LSR.
  • Role/Responsibility: The LSR’s have non-operational and operational responsibilities.  These responsibilities are detailed on the EMAC document titled, Protocols of EMAC ETF and LSR.
  • Voting Member: Yes

EMAC Members at Large:

  • The EMAC ETF Chair may appoint three At Large Representatives to serve on the EMAC ETF.
  • Term: One year
  • Election: The three (3) At-Large Representatives are selected from the public sector at the discretion of the Chair because of a particular expertise and commitment to the mutual aid ideals.
  • Roles and Responsibilities: Provide guidance on policies and issues as they relate to EMAC and mutual aid by attending EMAC meetings and conference calls and assisting the EMAC Executive Task Force Chair on Special Assignment Task Forces (SATFs) working groups or other working groups as requested.
  • Voting Member: Yes