Information Military Resource In Disaster Operations

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- Information Military Resources in Disaster Operations-

The use of military resources in disaster operations could be a course in itself. Employment of military resources in civil actions is guided by law in the US, and by many policies and protocols in other nations. Because of that complexity, we will only focus our work on the US.

The FEMA IS Course will help you gain a good understanding of capabilities and laws guiding response. Take the time to review the additional information for the National Guard and Stafford Act. I would suggest that some reading could be done into post-Katrina Stafford Act changes (easily found via Google).

EMAC is an essential tool for states during emergencies. Unlike the Stafford Act, this is a compact that the states "control". The attached article will help you in a better understanding of the EMAC process.

Military resources is a critical logistics enabler, but it comes with some restrictions. This understanding will be beneficial to you in future course work.


1. Discuss the role of military assets in times of emergencies.

2.Discuss the role of EMAC during emergencies- its benefits and limitations.

3.Discuss the use of the Stafford Act, how it applies to emergencies, and how it has changed post-Katrina.


1.Kovacs and Spens Chapter 8

2. Tatham and Christopher Chapter 6

3. Ciottone Chapter 85

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- Review articles placed in attached documents related to EMAC and Stafford Act. Use this information along with the Content column to assist in preparing your presentation. Find one key point of the information and expand upon it in your presentation.

- PowerPoint Project: Understanding Military-Civil Support


- 10 Slides at least with speaker notes for each slide.

- 4 References at least.

- PowerPoint Projects: PowerPoint projects are designed to allow you to showcase your grasp of factual knowledge, to demonstrate your ability to distill the essential concepts of a topic, and to go further by drawing conclusions and inferences about these topics. When you are finished with the course you will have a small arsenal of lectures at your disposal. Projects should be brief, to the point but complete.

Tips for a good PowerPoint presentation: Slides should have no more than 4-6 lines of text per slide, and 1-3 ideas per slide max. Text should be in bullet format, not paragraph/prose format. Information should be conveyed in a concise but comprehensible manner. Do not write too much, as this creates a crowded slide which is visually overwhelming. Your meaning will get lost in the slide and your audience will lose interest. Do not write too little as this makes it difficult to understand your intended meaning. You may receive a lower grade because it will not be clear that you understood the concepts. Use photos and diagrams thoughtfully to supplement and advance your presentations, not just as meaningless filler.

Each presentation should have a title slide, an objectives slide and one or more reference slides. The title slide should contain the title of your presentation, your full name, and date . The objectives slide should outline the main bullet points that your presentation will cover. These should be analogous to lessons you expect your intended target audience to learn from your presentations. Your target audience has a basic disaster management background equivalent to your own. You do not need to include background material such as the history of ICS in your presentation.

The number of slides will be assigned for each presentation. The student may go above that number slides, but may not go below the assigned number. The assigned number of slides does NOT INCLUDE the title, objectives or reference slides. It also will not include slides with pictures or diagrams unless those slides substantively advance the presentation. This means that if this were a live presentation you would spend at least one minute discussing that picture/diagram. If you use photos or other multimedia in your presentation and it is not your own work (i.e., you took it from the internet) you MUST reference it on the slide (as opposed to the references slide at the end.

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Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) Overview for National Response Framework EMAC is a national interstate mutual aid agreement that enables states to share resources during times of disaster. Since the 104th Congress ratified the compact, EMAC has grown to become the nation's system for providing mutual aid through operational procedures and protocols that have been validated through experience. EMAC is administered by NEMA, the National Emergency Management Association, headquartered in Lexington, KY. EMAC acts as a complement to the federal disaster response system, providing timely and cost-effective relief to states requesting assistance from assisting member states who understand the needs of jurisdictions that are struggling to preserve life, the economy, and the environment. EMAC can be used either in lieu of federal assistance or in conjunction with federal assistance, thus providing a "seamless" flow of needed goods and services to an impacted state. EMAC further provides another venue for mitigating resource deficiencies by ensuring maximum use of all available resources within member states' inventories. The thirteen (13) articles of the Compact sets the foundation for sharing resources from state to state that have been adopted by all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and has been ratified by Congress (PL-104-321). The four more commonly referenced articles of the compact (Article V, IV, VIII, and IX) address the primary concerns of personnel and states offering and receiving assistance: Article V - Licenses and Permits Whenever any person holds a license, certificate, or other permit issued by any state party to the compact evidencing the meeting of qualifications for professional, mechanical, or other skills, and when such assistance is requested by the receiving party state, such person shall be deemed licensed, certified, or permitted by the state requesting assistance to render aid involving such skill to meet a declared emergency or disaster, subject to such limitations and conditions as the governor of the requesting state may prescribe by executive order or otherwise. Article VI - Liability Officers or employees of a party state rendering aid in another state pursuant to this comp act shall be considered agents of the requesting state for tort liability and immunity purposes; and no party state or its officers or employees rendering aid in another state pursuant to this compact shall be liable on account of any act or omission in good faith on the part of such forces while so engaged or on account of the maintenance or use of any equipment or supplies in connection therewith. Good faith in this article shall not include willful misconduct, gross negligence, or recklessness. Article VIII - Compensation Each party state shall provide for the payment of compensation and death benefits to injured members of the emergency forces of that state and representatives of deceased members of such forces in case such members sustain injuries or are killed while rendering aid pursuant to this compact, in the same manner and on the same terms as if the injury or death were sustained within their own state. 1 Article IX - Reimbursement Any party state rendering aid in another state pursuant to this compact shall be reimbursed by the party state receiving such aid for any loss or damage to or expense incurred in the operation of any equipment and the provision of any service in answering a request for aid and for the costs incurred in connection with such requests; provided, that any aiding party state may assume in whole or in part such loss, damage, expense, or other cost, or may loan such equipment or donate such services to the receiving party state without charge or cost; and provided further, that any two or more party states may enter into supplementary agreements establishing a different allocation of costs among those states. Article VIII expenses shall not be reimbursable under this provision. EMAC Governance Structure An outline of the EMAC Governance Structure is given below: 1. National Emergency Management Association: NEMA was established in 1974 when state directors of emergency management first united in order to exchange information on common emergency management issues that threatened their constituencies. NEMA has administered EMAC since 1995 and has 2.5 staff members dedicated to EMAC administration and training. 2. EMAC Committee: The EMAC Committee, the managing body of the compact, is a standing committee under the NEMA organizational structure that maintains oversight of EMAC and the EMAC Executive Task Force. The EMAC Committee consists of a chair, fourteen (14) state directors (or their designees) and a nonvoting private sector liaison. The emergency management director and Governor from every state and territory that has passed EMAC legislation and signed EMAC into (state) law are invited to participate. 3. The EMAC Advisory Group: The EMAC Advisory Group is comprised of invited representatives from the national based organizations who represent the first responder community and other mutual aid stakeholders (including DHS/FEMA, CDC, and the National Guard Bureau). The mission is to facilitate the effective integration of multi-discipline emergency response and recovery assets for nationwide mutual aid through EMAC. 4. The EMAC Executive Task Force (ETF): The ETF conducts the day-to-day work of the EMAC Committee. The ETF is comprised of a Chair, Chair-elect, Past Chair, and ten (10) voting Lead State Representative members (chosen by the state emergency management directors), three (3) members at large (chosen by the EMAC ETF Chair), and four (4) non-voting members (NEMA Legal Committee Liaison, NEMA EMAC Coordinator, NEMA EMAC Sr. Advisor, and NEMA EMAC Training Coordinator). The Chair of the EMAC Executive Task Force serves as the Team Leader to the National Coordination Group. 5. National Coordination Group (NCG): The NCG (state of the EMAC ETF Chair) works very closely with NEMA on the daily workings of EMAC and during an event works to direct EMAC policy and procedures. 2 How EMAC Works Requesting and deploying resources is made at the discretion of the impacted (Requesting) state allowing them the ability to pick what they need and for what price. The responding (Assisting) state only has to offer assistance if they have the resources and can deploy it. At all times, impacted states retain the choice of seeking resource support from either state or federal, or both as may be appropriate for their circumstances. Local resources can be deployed under EMAC if the state has adopted intrastate legislation (see Model Intrastate Mutual Aid Legislation at NEMA’s Web Site ( The EMAC process is outlined below. Note: The state emergency management director is an appointed EMAC Authorized Representative and can designate both EMAC Authorized Representatives and EMAC Designated Contacts in their agency. EMAC Authorized Representatives have the authority to obligate the state financially (make requests for resources to come into their state under an emergency declaration). EMAC Designated Contacts cannot financially obligate the state but can be contacted to get more information about EMAC coordination. 1. EMAC Authorized Representative confirms declaration of emergency by Governor 2. State assesses needs for resources 3. State determines if they need an external EMAC A-Team to assist with acquisition of resources or if they will use their in-state EMAC A-Team and acquires external ATeam if needed 4. State determines best source for needed resource (EMAC, Federal, private sector, etc.) 5. EMAC A-Teams request resources by one or all of the following methodologies: a. Direct contact with state (knows the resource and can go directly to the state that has it – often a recurring mission). b. EMAC resource request is made utilizing the EMAC Emergency Operations System (EOS) broadcast functionality. States may request broadcast by region (FEMA regions), two regions, or 3 regions, an individual state, or an individual EMAC Authorized Representative or EMAC Designated Contact within a state. c. Agencies within the states may refer request and suggested resource to the state emergency management agency for their follow-up. 6. EMAC A-Teams determine cost and availability of resources 7. The EMAC REQ-A Form is completed by the EMAC Authorized Representatives between both the Requesting State and the Assisting State. 8. Resources are mobilized from the Assisting State to the Requesting State. 9. Resources check in at state staging areas and are deployment locations and missions are confirmed. 10. Resources complete mission – relaying any issues back to their home state emergency management agency. 11. Resources are demobilized. 12. Assisting States complete reimbursement request and after internal audit sends to the Requesting State. 13. Requesting State reimburses the Assisting State 3 EMAC Operational Levels The three levels of EMAC operation (Level 3, Level 2, and Level 1) are mirrored after most state and federal operation levels and have worked effectively and seamlessly within NIMS. The EMAC coordinating components are typed according to size, organizational composition, function, and mission requirements to meet operational demands. EMAC operational deployment levels are activated depending upon the scale of the event. If the event warrants, the levels of operational deployment can be ramped up from a Level 3 to a Level 1. The highest level of EMAC operational level is 1, where all components and functions are in play (see image below). The decision to expand or elevate the level of operation rests with the EMAC Executive Task Force Chair acting as the NCG Team Leader. The EMAC Operation Levels are reviewed below. A. Level 3 – The lowest level of EMAC activation involves the activation of the Assisting State, the NCG, and the NEMA EMAC Coordinator. The Assisting State is using their internal state A-Team to request resources. B. Level 2 – A level 2 operation may involve a single-state or multiple states and deployment of an A-Team is requested by one or more affected states. C. Level 1 - The highest level of EMAC activation is in effect whenever a single-state or multiple states within single or multiple regions have suffered a major disaster requiring resources. A-Teams have been requested by one or more affected states and DHS/FEMA Headquarters has requested that an EMAC National Coordinating Team (NCT) and/or an EMAC Regional Coordinating Team (RCT) be deployed to appropriate locations to coordinate resource needs with federal and state counterparts. 4 How EMAC is Coordinated with the Federal Response: EMAC is first and foremost a state-to-state compact; however, DHS/FEMA and EMAC leadership have a long-standing agreement in which NEMA, through the NCG, facilitates requests to deploy a team to coordinate EMAC activities with federal personnel whenever requested by DHS/FEMA Headquarters. When requested, this results in EMAC moving from a Level 2 to a Level 1 operation. Upon a request by DHS/FEMA with the concurrence of the NCG Leader and NEMA, an EMAC Coordinating Team may be deployed to the National Response Coordination Center (NRCC) at DHS/FEMA Headquarters in Washington, DC, or to a DHS/FEMA Regional Response Coordination Center (RRCC). Member States should use Form REQ-B (Appendix V. h: EMAC Forms: 4. EMAC Form REQ- B: NCT and RCT Cost Estimate) to capture estimated mission costs tracked by NEMA. To stand up the NRCC or an RRCC, FEMA NRCC contacts the NEMA EMAC Coordinator who coordinates with the NRCC, NEMA Executive Director, and the National Coordination Group to complete a task order and determine if the deployment of state resources under EMAC is at a level that coordination is necessitated. For more information about EMAC visit, contact NEMA (, or your state emergency management agency. 5 Overview of Stafford Act Support to States This overview illustrates actions Federal agencies are likely to take to assist State, tribal, and local governments that are affected by a major disaster or emergency. Key operational components that may be activated include the National Response Coordination Center (NRCC), Regional Response Coordination Center (RRCC), Joint Field Office (JFO), and Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs). 1. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) National Operations Center continually monitors potential major disasters and emergencies. When advance warning is received, DHS may deploy—and may request that other Federal agencies deploy—liaison officers and personnel to a State emergency operations center to assess the emerging situation. An RRCC may be fully or partially activated. Facilities, such as mobilization centers, may be established to accommodate Federal personnel, equipment, and supplies. 2. Immediately after a major incident, tribal and/or local emergency personnel respond and assess the situation. If necessary, those officials seek additional resources through mutual aid and assistance agreements and the State. State officials also review the situation, mobilize State resources, use interstate mutual aid and assistance processes such as the Emergency Management Assistance Compact to augment State resources, and provide situation assessments to the DHS/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) regional office. The Governor activates the State emergency operations plan, declares a state of emergency, and may request a State/DHS joint Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA). The State and Federal officials conduct the PDA in coordination with tribal/local officials as required and determine whether the impact of the event warrants a request for a Presidential declaration of a major disaster or emergency. Based on the results of the PDA, the Governor may request a Presidential declaration specifying the kind of Federal assistance needed. 3. After a major disaster or emergency declaration, an RRCC coordinates initial regional and field activities until a JFO is established. Regional teams assess the impact of the event, gauge immediate State needs, and make preliminary arrangements to set up field facilities. (If regional resources are or may be overwhelmed or if it appears that the event may result in particularly significant consequences, DHS may deploy a nationallevel Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT).) 4. Depending on the scope and impact of the event, the NRCC carries out initial activations and mission assignments and supports the RRCC. 5. The Governor appoints a State Coordinating Officer (SCO) to oversee State response and recovery efforts. A Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO), appointed by the President in a Stafford Act declaration, coordinates Federal activities in support of the State. 6. A JFO may be established locally to provide a central point for Federal, State, tribal, and local executives to coordinate their support to the incident. The Unified Coordination Group leads the JFO. The Unified Coordination Group typically consists of the FCO, SCO, and senior officials from other entities with primary statutory or jurisdictional responsibility and significant operational responsibility for an aspect of an incident. This group may meet initially via conference calls to develop a common set of objectives and a coordinated initial JFO action plan. 7. The Unified Coordination Group coordinates field operations from a JFO. In coordination with State, tribal, and/or local agencies, Emergency Support Functions assess the situation and identify requirements. Federal agencies provide resources under DHS/FEMA mission assignments or their own authorities. National Response Framework: Stafford Act Support to States 1 of 2 8. As immediate response priorities are met, recovery activities begin. Federal and State agencies assisting with recovery and mitigation activities convene to discuss needs. 9. The Stafford Act Public Assistance program provides disaster assistance to States, tribes, local governments, and certain private nonprofit organizations. FEMA, in conjunction with the State, conducts briefings to inform potential applicants of the assistance that is available and how to apply. 10. Throughout response and recovery operations, DHS/FEMA Hazard Mitigation program staff at the JFO look for opportunities to maximize mitigation efforts in accordance with State hazard mitigation plans. 11. As the need for full-time interagency coordination at the JFO decreases, the Unified Coordination Group plans for selective release of Federal resources, demobilization, and closeout. Federal agencies work directly with disaster assistance grantees (i.e., State or tribal governments) from their regional or headquarters offices to administer and monitor individual recovery programs, support, and technical services. The following chart summarizes Stafford Act support to States. National Response Framework: Stafford Act Support to States 2 of 2 Emergency Management Assistance Compact Highlights • A mutual aid agreement that allows stateto-state assistance during declared states of emergency • Includes all 50 states, three territories, and the District of Columbia • Allows unaffected states to provide resources to affected states including the use of National Guard forces and equipment • The National Guard can forecast a need and pre-position forces and equipment in anticipation of a call for assistance EMAC capabilities: • State and local emergency operations center support • Damage assessment • Disaster recovery • Logistic support • Security • Communications • Fire fighting • Aviation support • Biological and chemical events • Community outreach • Search and rescue • Debris clearance • Public Health • Hazardous materials • Information and planning • Legal and fiscal protections Current as of November 2014 Fast and flexible assistance Mission: The Emergency Management Assistance Compact, or EMAC, is a national mutual aid partnership agreement that allows state-to-state assistance during governor- or federally-declared emergencies. The EMAC is about governors helping fellow governors in time of need. Overview: The EMAC concept was approved by Congress in 1996 (Public Law 104-321) and provides governors a means to quickly request assistance for any type of emergency, from earthquakes to acts of terrorism. When state resources are overwhelmed, other states, to include National Guard units nationwide, can step in and fill shortfalls. In responding to national emergencies and disasters, EMAC is instrumental in providing needed advice and assistance to governors as it relates to identifying, selecting, requesting and deploying all types of resources. Hurricanes Katrina and Rita showcased the largest deployment of state-to-state aid in history and stand as a testament to EMAC’s effectiveness and efficiency in sharing of resources through mutual aid agreements. The use of EMAC facilitated the deployment of 65,919 personnel, to include 19,431 civilians and 46,488 National Guard members from 50 states and three territories, and the District of Columbia to the affected areas in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and Texas – including 19,431 civilians and 46,488 National Guard members. The EMAC provides another way for states to receive interstate aid in a disaster, outside of federal assistance. To date, all 50 states, three territories and the District of Columbia have authorized EMAC agreements. Learn more at Point of Contact: NGB Public Affairs at (703) 607-2584 LIST OF RELIEF ORGANIZATIONS Action Against Hunger (AAH) Develops and runs emergency programs in nutrition, health, water and food security for countries in need. Also provides disaster p ...
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 To outline how EMAC works in emergency

 To outline actions of the federal government under
the Stafford Act during major disasters.

Working of EMAC
 Confirmation of emergency declaration
 Assessment of needs
 Choosing EMAC A-Team

Working of EMAC Cont’d
 Determination of best source of resources
 Determination of cost and availability of resources
 Determination of requesting method

Working of EMAC Cont’d
 Completion of EMAC REQ-A Form
 Mobilization of resources from assisting states
 Deployment of resources to emergency locations

Working of EMAC Cont’d
 Completion of emergency response mission
 Demobilizing resources
 Completion of reimbursement request
 Reimbursement by requesting ...

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