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Highest Honor for Emergency Management Awarded to Seven Programs


Lexington, Ky. - Congratulations to the following Emergency Management Programs that have earned accreditation by the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP): HIllsborough County, Fla.; Indian River County, Fla.; and the Cities of Dallas, Texas, Henderson, Nev., and Seattle, Wash. In additio, Pierce County, Wash., and the Consolidated City of Jacksonville/Duval County, Fla. have achieved reaccreditation. 

 “Congratulations to those programs that have maintained their accredited status as well as those who have joined the elite leaders in emergency management having earned accreditation through the Emergency Management Accreditation Program. Through their commitment and leadership, they have proven to their communities and stakeholders that their programs are sustainable and that they continue to focus on their communities’ best interests,” stated Robie Robinson, Executive Director of Public Safety, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga and the EMAP Commission Chair. 

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The Criticality of Standards for Disaster Search and Rescue Capabilities

 Captain Todd Livingston, St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue; Task Force Leader; FLTF-3 US&R Task Force; Chairman, Florida Association of Search and Rescue; and Vice President, State Urban Search and Rescue Alliance

Mrs. Nicole Ishmael, Executive Director, Emergency Management Accreditation Program

Nationally, the availability and operational capability of Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) rests upon 28 federally sponsored resources and numerous state US&R resources provided through governmental, private, and non-governmental organizations. These resources are “systems and capabilities”, so critical to the United States that the incapacitation of, or inability of such resource to deploy, has a debilitating effort on national and state response and recovery operations, public health and safety, or any combination of life, health, and safety related priorities throughout disasters. 

The need for a catalog of National US&R resources was realized as an after-action item from the National Level Exercise of the New Madrid Earthquake Scenario. State and local government officials have a need to understand what resources including US&R are available to potentially assist during a disaster. It is critical for state and local officials to understand the various kinds and types of resources available to them when requesting mutual aid resources. That ensures the proper resources are ordered and with the developing catalog, Governors and Mayors ensure their requests are being met with the correct assets. The Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006 (PKEMRA) requires that States receiving Federal preparedness assistance administered by FEMA will report on their levels of preparedness and that an assessment of current capabilities are established.

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How the Evolution of Emergency Management has Impacted the Emergency Management Standard

Mr. Darryl Dragoo, CEM, IPEM, Strategic Planner/Nuclear Safety Health Physicist, Illinois Emergency Management Agency and Technical Committee Vice-Chair, Emergency Management Accreditation Program

Ms. Christine Y. Jacobs, CEM, TEM, Chair, IAEM Standards & Practices Committee and Assistant Director, Emergency Management Accreditation Program

As Emergency Managers, we have a history of assessing our programs based on other related discipline (fire, police, medical, military, etc.) criteria that ultimately cannot provide us with the realistic view of our emergency management programs development and growth. Admittedly, our profession has respected practitioners from all of the emergency response and defense disciplines. Emergency managers also come from other disciplines as well. Since the early days of Civil Defense, our profession has steadily shifted and grown. Many of the steps along the way were small, others were huge. Some of the notable shifts being the creation of FEMA in 1979 and the shifting of FEMA into the DHS in 2003. It is through these changes that Emergency Management actually became a profession and an industry with its own identity. Over time, the mission, scope and culture of the emergency management functions have become more defined. As this has taken place, there have been numerous programs that have imposed actual or implied standards on portions of the emergency management profession at various levels. Some of these that have been implemented at the national level are the development of the National Incident Management System and the issuance of the National Response Plan. Still, there was a lack of program-wide guidance as to what should be included in an Emergency Management Program.

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