Out-of-State Specialists Assising with March Storm Recovery


As Californians impacted by atmospheric rivers begin their road to recovery, states across the country are lending their support during this process to California communities.

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) has received help from recovery experts from three states:

  • Colorado: One Voluntary Agency Liaison
  • North Carolina: One Voluntary Agency Liaison
  • South Carolina: One Public Assistance Specialists

This assistance is available through to the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), which is a nationally recognized mutual-aid system that helps states request and send resources across their borders when impacted by a disaster.

2023 Spring Storms. California has received mutual aid from the following states: Colorado, North Carolina, and South Carolina. As of April 13 2023 at 10am. Image of the United States with Colorado, North Carolina, and South Carolina highlighted with arrows pointing at California.

California has often received support from out-of-state resources to assist in response and recovery to wildfires, earthquakes, flooding, and other natural and manmade disasters. Similarly, California also regularly offers support in response and recovery for disasters throughout the United States through EMAC requests.

In 2022, Cal OES provided EMAC assistance to Florida, Montana, New Mexico, and Oregon in the form of operations specialists, incident support teams, fire engines, and recovery specialists. EMAC includes the participation of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

For more information on the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, follow this link.