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Emergency Management Assistance Compact OperationsSince 1995, the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA), headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky, has administered EMAC. 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. NEMA provides national leadership and expertise in comprehensive emergency management; serves as a vital emergency management information and assistance resource; and advances continuous improvement in emergency management through strategic partnerships, innovative programs, and collaborative policy positions.

The National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) serves as the administrative body for EMAC in support of the EMAC Member States by:

  • Providing day-to-day overall administration and management
  • Providing fiscal management
  • Providing support to states during operational activity where EMAC has been activated
  • Serving on national committees, under the leadership of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), devoted to enhancing mutual aid through resource typing, resource management, credentialing, and catastrophic disaster planning initiatives
  • Supporting the EMAC Committee
  • Supporting the EMAC Executive Task Force and Lead State Representatives
  • Providing coordination and support of DHS/FEMA activations, where appropriate
  • Securing and managing grants to grow and sustain EMAC strategic initiatives
  • Serving as an advocate to state elected officials, Congress, and the federal government to ensure that EMAC is recognized as the nation’s premier interstate mutual aid mechanism
  • Providing day-to-day program administration staff
  • Answering inquiries from all disciplines
  • Answering inquiries from Member States
  • Keeping Member States/territories informed on new and emerging issues
  • Maintaining the EMAC Web site and EMAC Operations System (which includes the EMAC broadcast functionality)
  • Supporting operations that involve the states and the sharing of resources between states under EMAC
  • Promoting and marketing EMAC as well as mutual aid in general
  • Maintaining EMAC documents
  • Providing instructors to support EMAC courses taught at FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute
  • Providing support to the EMAC Advisory Group
  • Providing a forum for input into the EMAC process
  • Working to resolve issues to the satisfaction of EMAC users
  • Conducting and assisting with training, exercises, and education
  • Sharing critical information for disciplines during major activations
  • Remaining true to the legislated articles and intent of EMAC
  • Developing exportable training module packages that can be provided to member organizations for use as part of their training and awareness packages
  • Providing educational opportunities about EMAC
  • Supporting other responsibilities as necessary