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In natural disasters, states lend each other a hand

from The Pew Charitable Trusts

A week after Hurricane Harvey made landfall in southeastern Texas, at least 21 states had sent emergency response teams and equipment to help. Such interstate aid is coordinated through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, a mutual aid agreement among states. These cooperative commitments represent another aspect of the “all hands on deck” approach that the federal government and states take to disaster preparation and response. more


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