AUSTIN – The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) announced today that the agency has deployed personnel to Hawaii to assist communities with their recovery from wildfires that devastated Maui County last month.
"The Texas emergency management personnel deploying to Maui will provide local officials with support staff to aid victims with recovery assistance measures and managing incident expenses at the Maui emergency operations center," said Texas Emergency Management Chief Nim Kidd. “Just as responders from other states answer our call when disaster strikes here at home, the State of Texas is assisting with recovery efforts in Hawaii to support our fellow Americans as they rebuild."
At the direction of Governor Greg Abbott, TDEM deployed the following emergency management resources under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC):
•Individual Assistance personnel to provide hands-on support with identifying eligibility for — and administering financial assistance programs to — individuals and households affected by the wildfires.
•Disaster Finance Accounting personnel to assist with bookkeeping, supporting management of incident costs, administrative assistance, logging of personnel time, lease negotiations, and vendor contracting.
The Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) is a state-to-state mutual aid system that enables states to provide assistance and share resources with another state in response to a disaster or emergency. EMAC members can share resources from all disciplines, protect personnel who deploy, and be reimbursed for mission-related costs. For more information, visit emacweb.org.