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MN Takes Lead in Haiti Earthquake Response

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010 at 8:31 am

ST. PAUL —The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) today became the lead coordinating agency to track resources from all 50 U.S. states, and some U.S. territories, for the U.S. response to the Haiti earthquake.

“Minnesota is ready to help the people of Haiti during this tragic event,” Governor Tim Pawlenty said. “Our emergency management team will support the response effort by helping to get resources to where they are needed. We ask all Minnesotans to keep Haiti in their thoughts and prayers, and also consider donating to the relief effort by making a contribution to the Red Cross.”  The Twin Cities Red Cross Web site is www.redcrosstc.org/.

FEMA has requested that an Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) team be deployed to FEMA headquarters to assist in the coordination of resources being sent to Haiti as part of the response effort. This team will use information coming through FEMA’s National Response Coordination Center and track resources being sent to Haiti. If state or local government assets are required to aid in the response effort  — such as urban search and rescue teams or other resources — the EMAC team will assist in locating and deploying those assets using the EMAC system.

HSEM staff is being deployed to FEMA headquarters in Washington and will be working in St. Paul to track states’ assets.

EMAC is a national, interstate, mutual-aid compact that makes it possible for states to share resources, personnel and equipment during times of disaster and emergency. All 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are members of the compact. Minnesota became the EMAC national coordinating state in December.

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