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International Emergency Management Assistance Compact signed into law
Article Type: News items From: Disaster Prevention and Management, Volume 17, Issue 4
In December 2007, President Bush signed the International Emergency Management Assistance Compact (IEMAC) into law, a multi-state mutual aid agreement that allows participating states and provinces potential funding when managing disasters. The agreement was entered into by the states of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont as well as eastern provinces of Canada. This cooperative agreement was officially adopted by the participating jurisdictions in 2000 at the 25th Annual Conference of the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Members of the IEMAC have established protocols that allow for equipment and personnel sharing during disasters or major emergencies.
The IEMAC is known in Canada as the International Emergency Management Assistance Memorandum of Understanding (IEMAC MOU). To access the full text of the MOU, go to www.scics.gc.ca/cinfo00/85007918_e.html