The State of Alabama faces a variety of threats that include, hurricanes, tornados, floods, droughts, winter storms, earthquakes, as well as toxic agents from transportation spills and munitions storage areas. Upon occasions, these threats will yield an event that will require regional, state or federal resources.
Disasters may occur with little or no warning and may escalate more rapidly than the ability of any single local response organization or jurisdiction to handle.
The Alabama Mutual Aid System (AMAS) and its agreement was developed to assist cities and counties to more effectively and efficiently exchange and employ services and resources in response to a major disaster where assistance needs may be provided from one area or region of the state to another.
The AMAS System is based on the sharing of commonly needed resources across governmental, disciplinary, and geographical boundaries. The sharing of resources across different divisions ensures the availability of those resources throughout the state; and reduces the need for duplication of funding, time, and effort needed to establish and maintain those resources.
There are 52 core AMAS teams organized to ensure that trained and ready teams are placed throughout the state. Teams are identified by type or capability which can help reduce cost when these resources are shared.
The various communities and disciplines of our state have always come to the aid of the people of their fellow cities and counties and will do so in the future.