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Iowa Mutual Aid Compact (IMAC)

The Iowa Mutual Aid Compact (IMAC), signed into law in 2002, is an intrastate mutual aid agreement that provides the mechanism for political subdivisions and emergency management commissions to share resources with one another during a disaster that has been declared either by the local jurisdiction or the governor. The Compact increases each member’s level of emergency preparedness, allowing them to work as a team when disasters are beyond local capabilities. Legislation passed during the spring 2009 legislative session provides for some important changes: emergency management commissions are now included as IMAC signatories, membership in the compact is automatic for all political subdivisions and Authorized Representatives are designated.

 

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Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC)

The Department’s responsibilities sometimes extend beyond state boundaries. HSEMD works with other states to provide resources through the national Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC). Since Iowa became a member of EMAC in 1997, it has deployed many state and local government resources to other states.

In addition, HSEMD is involved in many state-to-state, regional, and national collaborations for important initiatives including catastrophic and special needs populations planning and agroterrorism emergency response planning.

 

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