Four ADEM employees are in Albany, serving in the New York Office of Emergency Management as Sandy ravages the East Coast.
The ADEM employees are in New York in response to an Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), request for assistance.
EMAC is a national-disaster relief compact that includes all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands as members. EMAC offers assistance during governor-declared states of emergency through a responsive, straightforward system that allows states to send personnel, equipment, and commodities to help disaster relief efforts in other states. Thus, through EMAC, states are able to join forces and help one another when they need it the most:, whenever disaster strikes!
In addition to the employees on the ground in New York, other ADEM employees are monitoring the EMAC desk at ADEM as various other requests for assistance are made.
"I salute our employees for responding to a fellow state's call for assistance," said ADEM Director David Maxwell. "There is no greater calling than responding to a call for help when it is needed the most."