Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC)


King County Fire Commissioner's Representative

Fire Commissioner Jim Fossos from South King Fire & Rescue


The Emergency Management Assistance Compact is a state to state mutual aid agreement through which requested resources are efficiently and effectively shared in support of saving lives, protecting property, minimizing damage to the environment, meeting human needs, and lessening the economic impact on states as we respond to and recover from natural or man made disasters.

EMAC has been ratified by U.S. Congress (PL 104-321) and is law in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

EMAC is administered by NEMA National Emergency Management Agency

State of Washington Emergency Management Division

Emergency Management Division
During state emergencies, EMD manages the State Emergency Operations Center located on Camp Murray, near Tacoma, and coordinates the response to ensure help is provided to those who need it quickly and effectively. The EOC is designated as the central location for information gathering, disaster analysis, and response coordination. Other state agencies with emergency roles may come to the EOC to help coordinate the state response. Federal government agencies, along with state and local volunteer organizations, also may provide representatives. At the EOC, information gathered is used by executives to make decisions concerning emergency actions and to identify and prioritize the use of state resources needed to respond to the emergency. The EOC may issue emergency warnings or disseminate critical information and instructions to government personnel and the public who may need to take emergency protective actions.


KCFCA: Invitation from KC OEM Support for First Responders

Thank you to all EMAC members and regional Subject Matter Experts for your time and efforts. The objective of this meeting is to discuss the needs of our regional stakeholders and try match resources to identified gaps in our capabilities. From there project proposals would be coordinated and ultimately submitted in order to try and best meet those gaps. 

The potential deliverables for this Priority Work Area are outlined below.
Support CCTA efforts and incorporate Public Health efforts
Expand successful programs for County-wide application
Communications (PSERN/First Net)
Ensure responders have resources (training and equipment) to support regional tactical priorities
Support through grant administration

The meeting is being held at King County OEM on November 14, from 12:30-13:30. Please let me know if you need further details or any additional information.

Support for First Responders Invitation (Link)


Nicholas Gibbons, J.D.
Emergency Management Program Manager
(206) 263-1076 (o)
(206) 707-2922 (m)
King County Office of Emergency Management