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Partnering for Strength: MOUs Getting Your Relationship in Print


Whether you call it a Memorandum, Letter or Statement of Understanding, they all refer to a written agreement between two or more parties that articulates a specific relationship. For ease, we will refer to them as MOUs in the rest of this document.

In disaster or emergency response planning, an MOU can be a valuable tool. An MOU can serve to provide additional or alternative resources for your organization, or it can be used to clearly establish the protocols, roles and responsibilities of organization that are coordinating their efforts in response to disaster.  MOU's have been found to be particularly helpful for partnering with disability organization in the community.  An MOU can also be important piece of your public relations and marketing efforts.

Primary Toolkit:

PPHR Toolkit

Secondary Toolkits:

Health and Disability Toolkit

Keyword Area:

Aging, Disability, Vulnerable Populations


Institutional Author:

Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters





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