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For Immediate Release
Jan 15, 2010
Contact: Karen L. Cobuluis


CSG Affiliate NEMA Assists with

Coordinating Earthquake Relief to Haiti

The National Emergency Management Association is doing its part to support the U.S. response to the recent earthquake in Haiti. Teams of state emergency management personnel are being positioned at the National Response Coordination Center of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. These teams will assist FEMA with information sharing and coordination among state emergency management agencies should additional resources be needed from state or local government to aid in the Haiti response effort.  
At this time, all FEMA resource requests have been filled.
NEMA’s ability to quickly send trained personnel to FEMA is possible through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, a national interstate mutual aid agreement that allows states to share resources during times of disaster and emergency. EMAC Advance Teams are often co-located with FEMA during large scale disasters to assist with information management and resource coordination.
NEMA extends its thoughts and prayers to the people of Haiti in the aftermath of this tragic event. State emergency management agencies stand ready to assist as needed.
For more information on NEMA, contact Karen Cobuluis, meeting and marketing coordinator, at (859) 244-8143 or e-mail Visit the NEMA Web site at and the EMAC website at
NEMA is the association of professionals dedicated to enhancing public safety by improving the nation’s ability to prepare for, respond to and recover from all emergencies, disasters and threats to our security. NEMA is an affiliate organization of The Council of State Governments, headquartered in Lexington, Ky.


States Can Help the Haiti Relief Effort

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is making it easier for states to help the Haiti relief effort. For state, local and tribal governments looking to provide resources or capabilities, send an e-mail to and include in the subject line what resources are being offered, e.g., "Donation of XXXX."

For more information, contact the U.S. Department of Homeland Security or the U.S. State Department.