Welcome to the Development of
Mission Ready Packages
Developing and maintaining a Mission Ready Package in an operational state of readiness will reduce the time between the request to deployment and set a solid foundation for reimbursement.
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Make your resource part of the state inventory by developing your MRP in cooperation with your State Emergency Management Agency.
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NEMA has utilized subject matter experts to develop discipline specific examples that serve as a foundation to help Resource Providers develop their own Mission Ready Packages. These models help identify equipment, commodities, or personnel that may be part of your MRP.
Each field in a model may be mapped onto the MRP template so that a Resource Provider can identify the types of information that should be in the MRP.
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The models can be found on the EMAC website. Navigate to the EMAC website at www.emacweb.org and select “Resources, Deployable Resources”.
Next, select your discipline from the right side of the page.
Once selected, you will see a link towards the bottom of the discipline specific page where you can download the models for your discipline.
While the models may help a Resource Provider get started, all MRPs should be developed using the Microsoft Excel Mission Ready Package template or within the Mutual Aid Support System (MASS), found on the EMAC website at www.emacweb.org.
Let’s look at how to develop a Mission Ready Package using the Mutual Aid Support System,
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Resource Providers should develop MRPs in coordination with other Resource Providers and in collaboration with a state’s emergency management agency. Developing an MRP independently, with no consultation with other parties, may result in a packaged resource that will never be used or exercised.
Resource Providers should also ensure that equipment included in the MRP is maintained and mission ready at all times.
The MRP that was used in the offer identifies the basis of the reimbursement. Since the offer was based upon estimated costs, the reimbursement package that will be sent from the Resource Provider to the Assisting State will differ somewhat from the MRP.
When developing the reimbursement package, the Resource Provider will need to include policy documents such as those that validate claims for equipment rates and personnel overtime eligibility. Ensuring your MRP is consistent with policies upfront will make the reimbursement more efficient.
Resource Providers should regularly check that these packages are not in any way obsolete, that they offer the most effective capabilities possible, and that cost estimates are still valid.
Mission Order Authorization
The Mission Ready Package is used as the basis of the offer of assistance. It is not a legal document. Once the offer is accepted by a Requesting State, the Requesting and Assisting States will complete the EMAC Request for Assistance Form (REQ-A) which does constitute a legally binding agreement between the two states. You should not deploy until you receive the Mission Order Authorization Form from the state emergency management agency.
Mission Cost Changes
While deployed, changes that impact estimated costs should be reported as soon as possible to the home state agency and to the home state emergency management agency. For example, if meals were to be provided at a base camp but during the conduct of the mission; but, it was discovered that the resource needs to purchase meals, this will change the conditions of the mission and should be reported.
For more information on eligible documented mission related costs, visit the EMAC website and visit the EMAC eLearning Center.
If you need additional information
about Mission Ready Packages
Please contact your home state emergency management agency. EMAC Member States are encouraged to take the lead role in enhancing state resource inventories by sponsoring MRP workshops and training to promote MRP development among Resource Providers within their respective states.