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The EMAP Leadership is comprised of the EMAP Commission and four standing committees: Program Review Committee, US&R Program Review Committee, Technical Committee, and International Committee.

The EMAP Commission is the governing and decision making body of the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP).  Responsibilities of the EMAP Commission include the following: 

  • Establishing and maintaining standards for emergency management programs;
  • Administering an accreditation process that encourages applicant programs to bring their emergency management programs into compliance with those standards;
  • Conducting on-site assessment of applicant's compliance;
  • Acknowledging compliance of programs by issuing accreditation;
  • Developing and maintaining working relationships with national, regional, state and local associations in the emergency management and related fields for mutual growth and benefit;
  • Ensuring that the business affairs and the programs of the Commission and its affiliates are conducted on a fair and nondiscriminatory basis;
  • Educating legislative and executive branches of government and the public on the importance of fully capable emergency management programs at all levels of government based upon high standards;
  • Promoting the concept of voluntary self-regulation inherent in the accreditation process;
  • Accepting fees, grants, gifts, bequests, and other contributions that supports the purposes of EMAP; and 
  • Cooperating with other private and public agencies and organizations in a manner that will lead to the improvement in the accreditation program and the delivery of emergency management services. 

The EMAP Commission has established and will maintain standards for emergency management programs that consider a full range of program elements. The commission's purpose is to set minimum acceptable standards and encourage achievement of effective programs. The standards describe what constitutes an effective program rather than how it should be managed. The EMAP Commission identifies and maintains a means for self-assessment in preparing for accreditation and provides trained and qualified assessors to conduct on-site evaluations of programs when applicants have completed the self-assessment phase of the accreditation process.

For more information on EMAP Committees, see links below on individual committees.

For interest in serving on an EMAP committee, including the EMAP Technical Committee submit an application here.


2020 EMAP Commission Members

  • Nick Crossley, Hamilton County (OH) Emergency Management, Chairperson
  • Jared Gartman, Mississippi Valley Division - USACE, Vice Chairperson
  • Judson Freed, Rasmey County (MN) Emergency Management, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Erica Bornemann, Vermont Emergency Management
  • Natalie Gutierrez, City of Chicago (IL) Emergency Management & Communications
  • Bryan Koon, IEM
  • Kevin Lyne, Illinois Task Force 1 - MABAS Illinois
  • Jim Montgomery, City of Ottawa (ON) Emergency Management, retired
  • Angee Morgan, Kansas Division of Emergency Management
  • Tina Owens, Arkansas Division of Emergency Management
  • Robie Robinson, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • Russell Strickland, Maryland Emergency Management Agency
  • Ryan Turner, Henderson (NV) Emergency Management

EMAP Committees

  • Program Review
  • International
  • US&R Program Review
  • Technical
  • Standards Subcommittees/Workgroups

The Program Review Committee is responsible for considering applicant programs being presented for accreditation, using Assessment Reports prepared by assessment teams, and making recommendations regarding accreditation status.

Members include:

  • Barb Graff, City of Seattle (WA) Emergency Management, Chairperson
  • Kerre Avery, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
  • Kimberlyn Bouler, Santa Rosa County (FL) Emergency Management Agency
  • Emily Falone, US Department of Health and Human Services
  • Donald Keith, University of Alabama 
  • Angee Morgan, Kansas Emergency Management Division
  • James Monsu, Philadelphia District USACE
  • Patrick Sheehan, Tennessee Emergency Management Agency 
  • Bryan Tuma, Nebraska Emergency Management Agency
  • Ryan Turner, City of Henderson, NV
  • Steven Woodard, Consolidated City of Jacksonville, FL

The International Committee is responsible for identifying and, as directed by the EMAP Commission, initiating contact with potential international partners, exploring new opportunities to use EMAP standards and assessment process in other nations around the world. The International Committee partners and organizations encourage international understanding of and involvement in EMAP.

The US&R Program Review Committee is responsible for considering applicant US&R Resources being presented for certification and accreditation, using Assessment Reports prepared by assessment teams, and making recommendations regarding certification and accreditation status.

Members include:

  • Doug Cooper, Alabama Task Force 1
  • Darryl Dragoo, Illinois Emergency Management Agency
  • John Gaughan, Illinois Task Force 1
  • Todd Livingston, Florida Task Force 3
  • Jody Miller, King County Emergency Management
  • Brian Satula, Wisconsin Emergency Management, EMAC Representative

The Technical Committee is responsible for developing new or revised language for the standards and the process, reviews, appeals, interpretations, compliance enforcement, on-site assessment materials, training, self-assessment guidance and other training and education activities.  

The EMAP Technical Committee consists of members from 3 Interest Categories:

1.  Public Representative: An individual that serves within a public or government emergency management or public safety program.  

2.  Private Representative: An individual or entity that serves within a privately owned business, directly related to or in the service of the emergency management or public safety field. 

3. General Interest: The category of General Interest is comprised of members who may use EMAP policy, direction, and standards in further application of prevention and protection measures for specific populations and/or specific critical functions. 

Members include:

  • Douglas Cooper, Alabama Task Force 1 (Category 3)
  • Darryl Dragoo, MPR2, Vice-Chair (Category 2)
  • Anthony Dimas, McKinley County Emergency Management (Category 1)
  • Jeremy Hynds, City of Henderson, Nevada (Category 1)
  • Pam L'Heureux, FEMA Consultant (Category 2)
  • Tammy Little, Privately Owned Business Representative (Category 2)
  • Michael (Todd) Livingston, City of St. Petersburg Fire-Rescue (Category 1)
  • Frank Randon, USACE Headquarters (Category 3)
  • Sue Reinertson, Amtrak Emergency Management & Corporate Security (Category 2)
  • Robie Robinson, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (Category 3) 
  • Peter Rzeszotarski, CDC (Category 3)

Alternate Members include:

  • Michael Atherall, City of Henderson, (Category 1)
  • Sherry Crush, City of Mobile Fire Rescue (Category 1) 
  • Douglas Cooper, State Urban Search and Rescue Representative (Category 3)
  • Nancy Freeman, Consultant (Category 2)
  • Steve Diaz, USACE (Category 3)
  • Jim Metzger, Amtrak Emergency Management & Corporate Security (Category 2)
  • Edward Rouse, CDC (Category 3)

The Technical Committee is comprised of Standard Subcommittees/Workgroups that assist in the development of new or revised language to the standards.

The EMAP Standards Subcommittee is responsible for the Emergency Management Standard and members include: 

  • Rick Larkin, Larkin & Associates, LLC (Chairperson)
  • Tammy Little, Retired SME (Vice-Chairperson)
  • Kerre Avery, CDC
  • Nick Crossley, Hamilton County Emergency Management
  • Mike Daniska, North Carollina Dept. of Public Safety
  • Carlos Garcia, Indiana University
  • Kris Hamlet, Utah Division of Emergency Management
  • Kwaheri Harris, City of Garland Office of Emergency Management
  • Jeffrey Hescock, Massachusetts Amherst, Emergency Management & Business Continuity
  • Lanita Lloyd, Salvation Army
  • Brendan McCluskey, New Jersey Dept.  of Health
  • Luke Meyers, City of Seattle Office of Emergency Management
  • Jim Montgomery, City of Ottawa Office of Emergency Management
  • Robie Robinson, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • Gregory Swanson, Gwinnett County Office of Emergency Management
  • Bill Turner, Chester County Dept. of Emergency Services
  • Keila Walker, Greater Orlando Aviation Authority
  • Linda Werdebaugh, USACE

The EMAP Standards Workgroup is responsible for the ANSI/EMAP US&R 1-2016 Urban Search and Rescue Standard and members include: 

  • Michael (Todd) Livingston, Florida Task Force 3 (Chairperson)
  • Darryl Dragoo, Illinois Emergency Management Agency (Vice-Chairperson)
  • Mike Augustyniak, New Jersey Task Force 1
  • Brian Barnes, North Carolina Emergency Management 
  • Douglas Cooper, Alabama Task Force 1
  • Sherry Crush, Alabama Task Force 1
  • Bob Duemmel, New York Task Force 2
  • Kevin Lyne, MABAS- Illinois US&R Task Force 1
  • David McIntyre, MABAS- Michigan Task Force 1
  • Reed Thompson, South Jordan Fire Dept.