The Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), and private sector partners, is developing the Mutual Aid Support System (MASS). MASS is a Web-based platform designed to categorize and track organizations, people, and equipment and to aggregate the information into Mission Ready Packages (MRPs) to allow for efficient and effective management of critical resources during emergencies. This new capability streamlines the resource request and acquisition process and reduces time gaps between steps.
MASS integrates with existing resource management software: no purchasing or upgrading existing investments is necessary. The system aggregates and helps organize current resource inventory into MRPs using an easy-to-use database. MRP data stored in MASS can then be exported into an XML file format that can be uploaded to the EMAC Operating System (OS), which facilitates the national mutual aid request and acquisition broadcasting process. Finally, MASS lets users control who has access to view an organization’s or agency’s resource inventories.