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Mutual Aid Agreement

Detailed Discussion

A Mutual Aid  Agreement is an agreement between jurisdictions or  agencies to provide services across boundaries in the event of an emergency  or major disaster. The conditions of the agreement can be to provide  reciprocal services or direct payment for services. FEMA will reimburse  mutual aid costs for emergency work provided that:
   †  The entity that  received the aid was charged for that aid. For example, Green County removes  debris in Blue County. As part of their mutual aid agreement, Green County  charges Blue County for the work. FEMA may provide funding to Blue  County
   †  Payment under  the agreement is not contingent on receipt of Federal funding
   †  The receiving  entity can provide documentation of work accomplished, the billing for  assistance, and payment for services
   †  The claimed  costs are reasonable
   †  The claimed  costs are in accordance with FEMA’s mutual aid policy (e.g., the aid was  requested and the work is eligible for assistance)
   The employees of the entity providing  supplemental assistance are considered as extra hires or contract labor;  therefore, both regular and overtime labor are eligible. The receiving entity  is responsible for requesting FEMA assistance and for the non-Federal cost  share.
   Labor from one division of an entity providing  assistance to another division of the same local or State entity will not be  treated under mutual aid provisions.
   References: Mutual Aid Agreements for Public  Assistance and Fire Management Assistance, FEMA Policy 9523.6, dated August  13, 2007
   Public Assistance Guide, FEMA 322, pages 50-51

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