New York State Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services
Intrastate Mutual Aid Program (IMAP)
The Intrastate Mutual Aid Program ("IMAP" or "Program") was created by the NYS Legislature on July 1, 2010 and can be found in the Executive Law § 29-h. It provides for mutual assistance among the participating local governments in the prevention of, response to, and recovery from, any disaster that results in a formal declaration of an emergency by a participating local government. The Program also provides for mutual cooperation among participating local governments in conducting disaster-related drills, exercises, or other training activities outside actual declared emergency periods. IMAP complies with requirements of the National Incident Management System ("NIMS")/Incident Command System ("ICS") and meets applicable eligibility conditions for reimbursement under a federally-declared disaster.
Although the Program is designed for use during declared emergencies and exercises, local governments are encouraged, to the degree possible and extent practical, to apply the policies, procedures and guidelines associated with IMAP to their day-to-day operations. It is expected that local governments and public safety entities have already incorporated the NIMS/ICS into their daily response activities.
Historically, local governments have been required to enter into formal written agreements to carry out mutual aid activities. In those cases, the timely delivery of assistance is hampered by the necessity of obtaining local legislative or governing body approval prior to the providing or receiving assistance. Executive Law § 29-h authorizes local governments to provide and/or receive timely mutual aid without the need for local legislative or governing body approval. Local governments are deemed to be participants in IMAP.