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Utilizing Public Health and Medical Mission Ready Packages: Operation Helping Hand

In a tabletop exercise (TTX) through a facilitated discussion, players will drive the action of the exercise, while observers witness the decisions made and processes followed. This exercise will simulate the decision making, deployment, and reimbursement processes that would occur for the deployment of a Mission Ready Package (MRP) under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC). An actual event of this nature would necessitate the involvement of additional response partners and activities that are not included in this exercise.

  1. Validate the processes detailed in your state’s EMAC Procedures for evaluating, responding to, and seeking reimbursement for MRPs deployed under EMAC.
  2. Describe how information will be shared between relevant departments for an incoming MRP resource request.
  3. Discuss the process and threshold for deploying a requested MRP.
  4. Validate roles and responsibilities during an MRP resource request within your state public health agency.
  5. Discuss redundant points of contact for all of your state’s public health and medical MRPs.
  6. Describe the processes necessary for seeking reimbursement following a deployment for both the deployed personnel and the key internal staff. 

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Learn More About EMAC & Public Health and Medical from Past Webinars

Click here to watch the webinarIn cooperation with the Association of State & Territorial Health Officials and the National Association of County & City Health Officials, NEMA has developed two Webinars focused on EMAC and public health and medical professionals. 

First, learn EMAC basics through the 47-minute video "EMAC:  A Basic Understanding & Use of the System by Public Health & Medical Professionals." This session was delivered by Leon Shaifer, EMAC Senior Advisor.

Click here to watch the webinar
Then watch "Use of the EMAC System by Public Health & Medical Professionals: A Discussion," a 57-minute session with panelists Mary Duley (RN, MA), Kathy Robinson (RN, EMT-P), and Martha Salyers (MD, MPH, CEM). Leon Shaifer facilitates this session.


  • Preparing for a Mission
  • Public Health and Medical Models

Actions for Medical and Public Health Resource Providers:

  • Work through national organizations toward standardization with job titles, skills, and abilities.
  • If possible, type the available resources using NIMS Resource Typing.
  • Package your resources (typed or not typed) into Mission Ready Packages (MRPs).  Use the model mission ready packages to get started.

    Learn more about Mission Ready Packages and view guidelines that will help you when starting to develop your response-specific MRP.