The EMAP Leadership is comprised of the EMAP Commission and two standing committees: Program Review Committee, and Technical 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 and urban search and rescue resources 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 certification and accreditation and provides trained and qualified assessors to conduct on-site evaluations of programs when applicants have completed the self-assessment phase of the certification/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.
EMAP Commission Members
- Nick Crossley, Hamilton County (OH) Emergency Management, Vice Chairperson
- Marcia Deppen, Maryland Emergency Management Agency
- Jody Ferguson, Pierce County (WA) Emergency Management
- Judson Freed, Ramsey County (MN) Emergency Management, Secretary/Treasurer
- Bryan Koon, IEM
- Kevin Lyne, Illinois Task Force 1 – MABAS Illinois
- Angee Morgan, Kansas Division of Emergency Management, Chairperson
- Tina Owens, Arkansas Division of Emergency Management
- Robie Robinson, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
- Peter Rzeszotarski, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Ryan Turner, Henderson (NV) Emergency Management
- William Turner, Connecticut Emergency Management and Homeland Security