Cities work to cooperate during emergency
| 10.11.2006 | 06:32:46 | Views: 3251 | ID:
October 11 '06: In case of an emergency, natural disaster, or terrorist strike, the cities of Louisville, Cincinnati and Indianapolis have agreed to share resources through a mutual-aid pact, USA Today reported Monday.
Doug Hamilton, the director of the Louisville Metro Emergency Management Agency said the agreement would help the cities, "While we wait for the (state or federal) bureaucracy to make a decision about whether or not (to issue) a disaster declaration."The announcement of the pact came after the cities followed in the footsteps of Baltimore, Richmond, VA and Harrisburg, Pa who "decided after Katrina to establish better working relationships," to help distribute manpower, logistics and supplies. The agreement also comes a year after the US Conference of Mayors "proposed mutual-aid agreements at a meeting that looked at lessons learned from the response to Hurricane Katrina." USA Today reported, "The agreements were a key component of the conference's National Action Plan for Safety and Security in American's Cities." Details of the agreement include procedural guidelines for police, fire fighters and emergency medical services as well as public works, and public works' employee guidelines. "To get assistance, the mayor of the city in need would declare a local state of emergency and contact the other two cities to request resources," USA Today reported.
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