Alaska Intrastate Mutual Aid System

AIMAS Overview

In 2012, the State of Alaska enacted HB 366, amending AS 26.23.40 to authorize creation of a mutual aid system for disaster response. The Alaska Intrastate Mutual Aid System (AIMAS) was developed to implement this legislation. The legislation specified that the mutual aid system can be activated for:

  • Response, mitigation, or recovery activities related to a local declared disaster emergency
  • Response to a disaster emergency declared by the Governor
  • Training related to disaster preparedness and response
  • Other drills or exercises conducted in preparation for a disaster.

The State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) established an AIMAS Committee which in turn established three working groups to operationalize AIMAS: policy and procedures, qualifications, and resource typing. Each working group produced draft documents which are currently undergoing review and revision. These documents will be presented to the SERC at the meeting on April 10, 2015, and will be published on this website following approval. The system has been developed based on the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) and the Pacific Northwest Emergency Management Arrangement (PNEMA).

Policy and Procedure Manual

This manual is an overview of how to use AIMAS. It includes the regulations governing when the system can be activated and by whom, as well as required documentation and deadlines. The manual details cost tracking and payment procedures, mobilization and demobilization procedures, and liability.

All-Hazards Qualification Guide

This guide is being developed by the Credentialing Working Group. The goal is to develop a system whereby communities can request Incident Command System (ICS) qualified personnel from other jurisdictions to help in an event. The guide details qualification requirements for positions as well as the qualifications process. It is updated regularly as changes are made by the working group.

Resource Typing

DHS&EM is working with state and local agencies to develop a comprehensive list of resources in Alaska that could be requested and deployed to assist with an incident. Until this list is established, contact DHS&EM operations section at 907-428-7100 with resource requests.

Public Comment

As AIMAS is developed and put into use, we welcome feedback from communities on how to improve the process. This can include feedback on the guides, documentation, or process in general. Feedback can be provided to Mark Roberts at mark.roberts@alaska.gov and will be forwarded to the AIMAS Committee as appropriate.

Further Reading