Mutual Aid Agreements Essential Legal Tools for Public Health Preparedness and Response
Stier, D. and Goodman, R. (2007). Mutual Aid Agreements: Essential Legal Tools for Public Health Preparedness and Response. American Journal of Public Health. 97(Suppl 1): S62S68.
The authors provide an overview of the "basic legal framework for states to accomplish interstate and international mutual aid, identify gaps in that framework, and suggest steps that could be taken to address those gaps." The need for mutual aid for smaller-scale incidents that fall outside the scope of the Emergency Management Assistance Compact is highlighted. Summaries of relevant authorities are included.