"All states recognize the importance of mutual aid, as evidence d by their participation in the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) which allows them to share resources during governor-declared emergencies. Infectious diseases such as mumps and pertussis, natural disasters such as tornadoes, and intentional acts of terrorism are among the many incidents that can stress the capacity of state health agencies. Mutual aid allows states in need to request personnel and other assets to supplement their activities and provide relief to overextended staff. The need for staff augmentation during emergencies is perhaps no greater than in the ten states in Regions VII and VIII. These states comprise nearly a quarter of the nation's land area, yet they contain less than eight percent of the U.S. population. Mounting an effective response with limited resources, often over vast distances, is difficult for any state health agency to do on its own. Adding to this difficulty, EMAC can only be used in governor- declared emergencies; very few public health crises ever rise to that level, no matter how much a state health agency's capacity is stressed. The Mid America Alliance (MAA) was created to address just these challenges."
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