As far as emergency services are concerned, mutual assistance is an agreement between emergency relief to provide assistance beyond the jurisdiction`s borders. This can happen due to an emergency response that exceeds local resources. B, such as a disaster or multiple alarm fire. Mutual assistance can be ad hoc and can only be requested in case of emergency. It may also be a formal permanent agreement for continuous management of the urgency of cooperation, for example. B to ensure that resources are sent by the nearest fire station, regardless of which side of the jurisdiction where the incident is located. Agreements that send the following funds are regularly referred to as “automatic assistance agreements.” In addition to EMAC, other mutual assistance pacts and agreements have been concluded in some regions. These include the Pacific Northwest Emergency Management Agreement and the California, Nevada, and Oregon Chempack Sharing Procedures. 7 Other cooperation agreements covering public health activities in general, but also on prevention and response to emergencies, include the Great Lakes Border Health Initiative Public Health Data Sharing Agreement and the Guidelines for U.S.-Mexico Coordination on Epidemiologic Events of Mutual Interest. 7 Model Intrastate Mutual Aid Legislation was developed by NEMA to facilitate intra-state mutual assistance between legal systems within a state.4 The issue of public health and emergency-related AAAs may include emergency management and emergency management in the area of public health and focus on issues such as the exchange of public health data, preparedness for the influenza pandemic, influenza surveillance, sharing of laboratory resources, tb treatment and control, and animal health emergency management. Intergovernmental agreements that meet the needs of certain categories of the population (e.g.
B, people with mental or physical disabilities, the elderly) or issues that may be outside the organizational control of a public health authority (for example. (B) can also provide important resources and skills to respond to public health and other emergencies. Mutual assistance agreements and other types of assistance agreements facilitate the rapid sharing of emergency aid and resources between governments and organizations at all levels. These can include existing agreements, such as the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), or the creation of new tools to deal with emerging events or parts outside of existing compacts. Depending on the nature and extent of an agreement, the laws of a state may govern the formation and operation of the mutual assistance agreement. (Download a printable PDF.) Globalisation and the increasing mobility of people in the EU are creating new opportunities for cross-border crime. This is why mutual legal assistance and extradition agreements are essential to put an end to cross-border crime. Assistance agreements accelerate emergency measures by establishing protocols for requesting and granting aid and pre-defining reimbursement and compensation strategies and procedures, eliminating or reducing the extent to which these issues must be negotiated with each new event. Formal pre-event assistance agreements may also expedite FEMA`s reimbursement of services, equipment and supplies provided as part of mutual assistance. FEMA reimburses the costs of mutual assistance when assistance has been requested (i.e. no spontaneous assistance), assistance requested directly in the context of a disaster eligible for FEMA assistance and which was carried out under a written assistance agreement signed.2 The assistance agreement must apply in all situations, and not just for events that trigger an emergency/disaster declaration of the Stafford Act or are the subject of a request for federal assistance.