Mutual Aid

Tribal Emergency Mutual Aid Compact (TEMAC)


Tribal Emergency Mutual Aid Compact

USET member Tribal Nations have been significantly impacted by natural disasters, namely hurricanes and flooding events in recent years. In these times of need, the USET Tribal Nations have provided one another with emergency response resources and assistance. In order to better coordinate these informal efforts, the USET Tribal Emergency Services and Tribal Justice Committees have taken the lead in requesting the development of Tribal Emergency Mutual Aid Compacts (TEMAC) between Tribal Nations. The purpose of the TEMAC project is to facilitate the efficient and effective sharing of emergency response resources between USET member Tribal Nations in a completely voluntary way.

The entire TEMAC project is divided the project into 3 phases

• Phase one consists of developing formal mutual aid agreements between the USET Tribal Nations. This entails meeting with Tribal Nations to collect their thoughts and input as to what would work best for the USET Tribal Nation. Each Tribal Nation is unique in how they manage emergency and natural disaster situations and all of the Tribal and cultural aspects plays a significant role in the development of the compacts. This phase will also incorporate the establishment of an Advisory Council comprised of first responders, police officers, emergency management personnel from the Tribal Nations, USET personnel and various federal personnel as needed. The Council assisted in the drafting and review of the mutual aid agreements and in creating a database of available Tribal resources.

• Phase two consists of taking the mutual aid compacts that have been developed between Tribal Nations and creating a system that best utilizes these agreements and resources. This requires collaboration from multiple federal and state agencies working alongside the Tribal Nations to create a system of response that provides for quick and full responses to whatever the level of emergency.

• During phase three the project is duplicated across the country to both Tribal Nations and local and state governments working in close proximity with Tribal Nations. USET has made presentations to national and regional Tribal groups, as well as promoting the project to individual Tribal Nations across the country. USET has provided technical assistance to these Tribal Nations, as needed, throughout their creative and implementation phase of project development and has acted as a general resource to them as they create their response systems.

For more information, contact Harrell French at hfrench@usetinc.org