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Statewide Mutual Aid & Assistance Agreement

February 7, 2012
The Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA), in cooperation with GMA and ACCG, has developed a Statewide Mutual Aid and Assistance Agreement.

This agreement is a voluntary pact allowed under Georgia law that allows public and private agencies in the state to agree to provide reciprocal emergency management aid and assistance in cases of emergency or disaster. In times of emergency or disaster each participating agency would render assistance in accordance with the terms of the agreement.

Additionally, should your city face an emergency or disaster and be a signatory to this agreement then your city will receive assistance from other participating agencies. The agreement provides reimbursement of costs to the agency or agencies providing aid as allowed by Georgia law.

Instead of being solely reliant on federal and state aid in times of emergency and disaster Georgia law allows agreements such as this one for quicker and more efficient assistance throughout the state in times of emergency or disaster.

Any city considering this Agreement should have it reviewed by the city attorney. Please feel free to email Rusi Patel, Associate General Counsel at GMA, with any questions or comments. 
The sample ordinances, agreements, job descriptions and other documents listed here are provided as examples only and should not be utilized until a thorough analysis of the respective document has been undertaken by the city.

Job descriptions should be written with the assistance of an attorney, industrial psychologist, or consultant skilled in content validity procedures and aware of the potential legal ramifications of job descriptions as imposed by the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Model and sample ordinances, agreements and other documents are provided for educational purposes only and are not intended to be legal advice. Cities should consult with their city attorney to obtain legal advice about a proposed course of action.