To the extent possible, participating political subdivisions are eligible for national and federal disaster funding. This legislation/agreement also creates the committee known as the State or State Country Aid Committee. This committee is multidisciplinary and representative of emergency management and response disciplines as well as local government. It is the responsibility of the Committee to organize at least annually meetings to verify the progress and status of national mutual assistance, to assist in the development of methods for monitoring and evaluating the activation of the system and to discuss issues faced by the participating political subdivisions in the implementation of this legislation. The committee is chaired by the National Emergency Management Agency. We describe the basic legal framework for States to provide intergovernmental and international mutual assistance, identify gaps in this framework, and propose measures that could be taken to fill those gaps. . . .
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