Federal legislation requires each state to have a State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) and outlines it's duties. In 1986, Congress passed the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA) with deals emergency response planning, and community right-to-know regarding hazardous materials (HAZMAT). SARA is also known as the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). It was enacted to prevent hazardous materials tragedies, such as the chemical plant accident in Bhopol (India) and the nuclear power plant accident in Chernobyl (USSR), from occurring in the United States. SARA establishes requirements for federal, state and local governments, Indian tribes, and industry regarding emergency planning and "Community Right-to-Know" (CRTK) regarding hazardous materials.
To comply with this Federal legislation, the Alaska Legislature passed Alaska Statutes 26.23.071 and 26.23.073. These statutes establish a SERC, Local Emergency Planning Districts (LEPD), and Local Emergency Planning Committee's (LEPC).
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and will be forwarded to the AIMAS Committee as appropriate.
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