Agenda Item # 5

Columbus Consolidated Government
Council Meeting
Agenda Report # 101

TO: Mayor and Council

SUBJECT: Georgia Emergency Management Statewide Mutual Aid Agreement

INITIATED BY: Riley Land, Fire/EMS Emergency Management

Recommendation: Approval is requested for the approval of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency-Homeland Security Statewide Mutual Aid and Assistance Agreement.

Background: The Georgia Emergency Management Agency encourages all counties in the State of Georgia to sign a statewide mutual aid agreement. This agreement allows for assistance to be lent to other Georgia counties and for assistance to be received from other Georgia counties in the event of an emergency or disaster. The signed agreement allows for counties to be monetarily reimbursed for any assistance lent to other counties.

Analysis: We have signed this agreement several times in past history and it assures the city reimbursement if we lend equipment or manpower to other counties.

Financial Considerations: There is no cost tot he agreement but without the agreement the city would be liable for all costs and expenses in the event of a declared disaster or emergency.

Projected Annual Fiscal Impact Statement: N/A

Legal Considerations: This document has been reviewed by the City Attorney and found to be valid.

Recommendations/ Actions: Approval is requested to execute the Georgia Emergency Management Agency-Homeland Security Statewide Mutual Aid and Assistance Agreement.

No. _____

WHEREAS, the State of Georgia and the City of Columbus are vulnerable to a wide range of natural and man-made disasters and The Georgia Emergency Management Act, as amended, gives the local governments of the State the authority to make agreements for mutual assistance in emergencies; and,

WHEREAS, the purpose of such an agreement is to provide for mutual assistance between participating parties in managing any emergency or disaster that is duly declared by the governing authority of any political subdivision that is a participating party, whether arising from natural disaster, technological hazard, human caused disaster, civil emergency or as a result of community disorders, insurgency, enemy attack, acts of terrorism, or other significant events or a national security activity; and,

WHEREAS, through such agreements timely reimbursement of costs incurred by the local governments which render such assistance is made possible; and,

WHEREAS, the prompt, full and effective utilization of resources of the participating parties, including any resources on hand or available from the State or Federal government or any other sources, that are essential to the safety, care and welfare of the people in the event of any locally declared emergency or emergency declared by the Governor shall be the underlying principal on which all articles of this agreement shall be understood; and,

WHEREAS, the document titled, “Georgia Emergency Management Agency-Homeland Security Statewide Mutual Aid and Assistance Agreement” upon being adopted by the Columbus City Council will allow the City of Columbus to be eligible for federal and state assistance during declared disasters; and,


Columbus, Georgia hereby adopts the Georgia Emergency Management Agency-Homeland Security Statewide Mutual Aid And Assistance Agreement and by the Mayor’s signature makes this agreement binding.

Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia, held the _________ day of _____________, 2016 and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of ____________ members of said Council.

Councilor Allen voting __________.
Councilor Baker voting __________.
Councilor Barnes voting __________.
Councilor Buck voting __________.
Councilor Davis voting __________.
Councilor Henderson voting __________.
Councilor Huff voting __________.
Councilor Thomas voting __________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting __________.
Councilor Woodson voting __________.

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Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor