Lexington, KY – As Hurricane Matthew continues its destructive path along the Florida coast, there are states as far away as California deploying resources to assist Florida, Georgia and South Carolina in the immediate aftermath of the storm. These resources, including personnel and equipment, are being provided through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), the nation’s interstate mutual aid system. EMAC provides legal protections for deploying personnel including workers’ compensation, tort liability, licensure and reimbursement. All 50 states are members of the compact as well as the District of Columbia, Guam, the Virgin Islands and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
Currently, there are 14 states providing resources through EMAC and that number grows by the hour. They are sending incident management teams, environmental debris teams, National Guard aircraft, search and rescue teams, structural damage assessment teams, mobile field hospitals, and emergency management personnel to provide support in emergency operations centers. This is just a snapshot of the resources being requested through EMAC.
EMAC Liaison Teams have been dispatched to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Response Coordination Center (NRCC) and the FEMA Region IV Regional Response Coordination Center (RRCC). These teams will provide FEMA and other federal partners with situational awareness on the assistance being provided through EMAC to ensure coordination and avoid duplication of effort.All EMAC members stand ready to assist the states and communities impacted by Hurricane Matthew.