The following link is the Mutual Aid Agreement (MAA) aimed at facilitating rapid emergency response amongst FlaWARN member utilities. Signing the MAA is NOT mandatory for basic FlaWARN registration. However members are encouraged to sign and submit the agreement as soon as possible.
The MAA has been carefully crafted to promote "utilities helping utilities" in time of emergency.
The FlaWARN Steering Committee has clarified that the MAA is not designed to address or settle any and all situations and legalities that may arise. The MAA provides other members with a quick, advance good-faith indication from a responsible party that the utility understands and agrees to the underlying concepts and provisions (including reimbursement) for mutual aid.
Having a signed MAA already on file prior to an emergency can greatly facilitate planning and prioritizing by agencies responding to your requests for help in time of need. This was clearly demonstrated during the very active 2005 hurricane season.
It is up to receiving utilities to work directly with assisting utilities to arrange reimbursement. The MAA simply let's other members know in advance that a utility requesting assistance understands their obligations (such as reimbursement, etc.) in the process.
The steering committee feels there is wisdom in keeping the MAA as simple and brief as possible. Your support is appreciated. The FlaWARN Steering Committee will review all suggestions for future improvements, and may revise the MAA as needed.
Please attach a copy of your registration form (or the email confirmation notice) when you submit the signed MAA to:
3900 SW 63rd Blvd
Gainesville, FL 32608