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close this bookEmergency Management Guide for Business and Industry (FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency, 1997, 67 p.)
close this folderSECTION 2 : EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT CONSIDERATIONS
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Mutual Aid Agreements

To avoid confusion and conflict in an emergency, establish mutual aid agreements with local response agencies and businesses.

These agreements should:

· Define the type of assistance
· Identify the chain of command for activating the agreement
· Define communications procedures

Include these agencies in facility training exercises whenever possible.


Mutual aid agreements can address any number of activities or resources that might be needed in an emergency. For example:

· Providing for firefighting and HAZMAT response.

· Providing shelter space, emergency storage, emergency supplies, medical support.

· Businesses allowing neighbors to use their property to account for personnel after an evacuation.


The community wants to know:

· What does the facility do?

· What are the hazards?

· What programs are in place to respond to emergencies?

· How could a site emergency affect the community?

· What assistance will be required from the community?