ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) today filled a request for support to the state of Massachusetts as Hurricane Sandy approaches the east coast.
Two teams of emergency management officials will be stationed in the Massachusetts emergency operation center assisting with logistical coordination. A total of five people are being deployed. They are from HSEM, the City of Excelsior, Allina Medical and Hennepin County. The first team should arrive in Massachusetts late Saturday and the second should be on the ground Sunday. They should be in Massachusetts for ten days.
They are being sent to assist through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC).
EMAC is a mutual aid agreement and partnership between states. The partnership exists because all member states and territories share the constant threat of disaster.
Specifically, EMAC is designed to:
- Allow states and territories to assist one another during emergencies.
- EMAC offers a quick and easy way for states to send personnel and equipment to help disaster relief efforts in impacted states. There are times when state and local resources are overwhelmed and federal assistance is inadequate or unavailable. Out-of-state aid through EMAC assists in filling such shortfalls.
- Provide fast and flexible assistance.
- EMAC allows states to ask for whatever type of assistance they require for any emergency response and recovery effort, however, states are not forced to send any resources unless they are capable and willing to do so.
- The EMAC system has been adopted nationally, which makes the process consistent for each participating state.
HSEM remains in contact with states along the east coast and will send addition teams if requested.
Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM)
The Minnesota Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) helps Minnesota prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies and disasters.
- Activation of the state Emergency Operations Center in June 2012 to respond to flash floods in the northeast region of the state.
- HSEM staff members are helping Minnesota communities recover from one federally declared disaster in 2012 and six major disasters in 2010-2011
- In FY 2011, HSEM awarded 943 Homeland Security grants totaling $162 million to 300 local governments and other entities to prepare them to handle all hazards including terrorism.