Emergency Management Coordination Agreement signed between U.S and Australia
The historic event to cope up with natural disasters is an important step forward in bolstering collaboration between the United States and Australia in preparing for and responding to natural disasters.
U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Australian Attorney-General Robert McClelland today signed a landmark Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to strengthen emergency management cooperation in response to major storms and other disasters of all kinds.
"This agreement is an important step forward in bolstering collaboration between the United States and Australia in preparing for and responding to natural disasters," said Secretary Napolitano. "I look forward to working closely with our Australian partners to keep our citizens safe during emergencies."
"I am very pleased that this disaster preparedness link has been forged to enable our two countries to work together to prevent, respond and to recover from disasters in whatever form they may take," Mr. McClelland said. "This Memorandum will consolidate the great working relationship that has been progressing between us."
Under the MOU, the United States and Australia will:
Attorney-General McClelland and Secretary Napolitano were joined by U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Deputy Administrator Tim Manning, Australian Attorney-General's Department Secretary Roger Wilkins and Australian Ambassador to the United States Kim Beazley at the signing.
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