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EMAP Seeking Members for Training Focus Groups

EMAP maintains two Training Focus Groups to leverage the knowledge and experience from the Emergency Management and US&R communities of practice to assist us in maintaining a quality training program for both Standards. 

Do you have a background in training? Would you be interested in helping roll out either the 2019 Emergency Management Standard or the 2019 National US&R Standard? Would you be interested in helping shape the 2019 Emergency Management Standard or the 2019 National US&R Standard Training Curriculum and other training initiatives?

Emergency Management Standard Training Focus Group

If so, EMAP has an opportunity available for you! EMAP is soliciting volunteers for the 2019 Emergency Management Standard Training Focus Group. The Emergency Management Standard Training Focus Group will meet twice in the fall of 2019 to discuss, develop, and implement the mechanism that will be used to rollout the 2019 Emergency Management Standard, review and finalize the 2019 Emergency Management Standard Training Curriculum, and finalize the 2020-2022 Training Plan. The Emergency Management Standard Training Focus Group will then meet annually in 2020 and 2021 to review the training curriculum and set priorities for the webinar series in Years 2 and 3 of the Standard Review Cycle. If you would be interested in participating on the Emergency Management Standard Training Focus Group, please complete the application found at https://forms.gle/svDLLkstzXFtR636A. Applications will be accepted until June 28, 2019.

US&R Standard Training Focus Group

If so, EMAP has an opportunity available for you! EMAP is soliciting volunteers for the 2019 US&R Standard Training Focus Group. The US&R Standard Training Focus Group will meet twice in the fall of 2019 to discuss, develop, and implement the mechanism that will be used to rollout the 2019 National US&R Standard, review and finalize the 2019 National US&R Standard Training Curriculum, and finalize the 2020-2022 Training Plan. The US&R Standard Training Focus Group will then meet annually in 2020 and 2021 to review the training curriculum and set priorities for the webinar series in Years 2 and 3 of the Standard Review Cycle. If you would be interested in participating on the US&R Standard Training Focus Group, please complete the application found at https://forms.gle/XgymeYJoArgEFdCq9. Applications will be accepted until June 28, 2019.

Highest Honor for Emergency Management Awarded to Nine Programs

Spring 2019 Accreditation

New Orleans, LA. – Congratulations to the following Emergency Management Programs that have earned accreditation by the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP): Arlington, TX.; Chester County, PA.; DC Water & Sewer Authority; City/County of El Paso, TX.; Florida; Florida International University; St. Paul District of the United States Army Corps of Engineers; St. Petersburg, FL.; and Tennessee.

“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 Nick Crossley, Director of Hamilton County Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency and the EMAP Commission Chair.

Providing emergency management programs the opportunity to be evaluated and recognized for compliance with standards certified by the American National Standard Institute (ANSI) and recognized by the industry complies with the EMAP’s mission to build safer communities through credible standards of excellence. These Programs demonstrate accountability and focus attention on areas and issues where resources are needed to heighten their preparedness efforts to any technical or natural disaster that may affect their communities.

To achieve accreditation, applicants must demonstrate through self-assessment, documentation and peer assessment verification that its program meets the Emergency Management Standard. The emergency management program uses the accreditation to prove the capabilities of their disaster preparedness and response systems. Accreditation is valid for five years and the program must maintain compliance with the Emergency Management Standard and is reassessed to maintain accredited status.

For those Programs that were undergoing reaccreditation, this achievement proves just as significant. By maintaining their accredited status throughout the years, these Programs prove that they adhere to the Emergency Management Standard, and successfully maintain accreditation status to achieve reaccreditation this year.

EMAP revolutionizes emergency management programs that coordinate preparedness and response activities for disasters based on standards. EMAP recognizes the ability of emergency management programs to bring together personnel, resources and communications from a variety of agencies and organizations in preparation for and in response to an emergency, in addition to obtaining the ability to measure those capabilities. The Emergency Management Standard is flexible in design so that programs of differing sizes, populations, risks and resources can use it as a blueprint for improvement and can attain compliance with those standards in an accreditation process. The accreditation process evaluates emergency management programs on compliance with requirements in sixteen areas, including: planning; resource management; training; exercises, evaluations, and corrective actions; communications and warning; and administration. This forms the foundation of the nation’s emergency preparedness system. EMAP is the only accreditation process for emergency management programs.  

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