Hurricane Sandy Recovery Information Center
General information on Hurricane Sandy is available at http://www.fema.gov/sandy.
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ASSISTANCE COMPACT (EMAC)
Information on EMAC is available at http://www.emacweb.org/.
The Emergency Management Assistance Compact is an interstate mutual aid agreement that allows state and local governments to assist one another in responding to all kinds of natural and manmade disasters. It is administered by the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA).
EMAC offers assistance during governor-declared states of emergency through a responsive, straightforward system that allows states to send personnel, equipment, and commodities to help disaster relief efforts in other states. Often those personnel, equipment, and commodities actually come from local governments in the sending states and benefit local communities in the receiving states.
It is generally advantageous for local governments to work through their states and the EMAC syarwm because EMAC provides a firm legal foundation. Once the conditions for providing assistance to a requesting state have been set, the terms constitute a legally binding contractual agreement that makes affected states responsible for reimbursement. The EMAC system addresses liability concerns and allows for credentials, licenses, and certifications to be honored across state lines.
Ongoing Response to Hurricane Sandy
This posting provides a comprehensive update on the Administration’s efforts in response to Hurricane Sandy. It announces for the first time that HUD Secretary Sean Donovan will lead the Administration’s long-term redevelopment efforts.
- FEMA Information on Volunteering and Donating specifically for Hurricane Sandy
- FEMA Brochure on Volunteering and Donating
- FEMA Tips for Donating and Volunteering Responsibly
- Information on the National Donations Management Network™
The National Donations Management Network™ allows companies and individuals to offer their support on-line to leading organizations in humanitarian relief. It is designed to make it as easy to offer financial support, product donations, or to donate skills and time to nonprofit organizations active in disaster relief. The site provides links to more than 40 such organizations.Information on National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, membership-based organization that serves as the forum where organization that serves as the forum where organizations share knowledge and resources throughout the disaster cycle – preparation, response, and recovery – to help disaster survivors and their communities.