Guide to Writing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) help establish formal agreements between organizations, which allow organizations to collaborate, communicate, respond, and support one another during a disaster or other emergency. Child-serving organizations can utilize MOUs to help bolster their emergency response plans to further establish relationships, and thereby services or resources, to fill a critical need during or after a disaster. Types of MOUs may cover transportation, mental health and psychosocial support, alternate facility use, or even personnel. This Guide and Template provide a basic MOU structure structured by key questions to think about when drafting this agreement.