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Emergency Management Accreditation Program Finalized

March 21, 2013

The Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) will now offer accreditation to emergency management programs at all colleges and universities. In 2010, EMAP launched a pilot program with four institutions in four different regions. The pilot tested emergency management programs at each university and gauged how attainable accreditation would be for institutions of varying sizes. Due to its success, all colleges and universities can participate in this voluntary program.

EMAP accreditation is the only program of its kind that evaluates emergency management systems in higher education. EMAP accreditation is based on the American National Standard Institute's (ANSI) Emergency Management Standard and will assist schools in:

  • Preparing to respond to crises and disasters;
  • Identifying opportunities to mitigate risk and prevent loss; and
  • Establishing continuity of operations and recovery strategies for various crisis or disasters.

Through accreditation, institutions display a commitment to maintaining an emergency management program that is compliant with national standards. The path to voluntary accreditation is offered through a two-step process:

Subscription. Through an online tool, a representative from the institution will assess the emergency management program on campus using the Emergency Management Standard. The subscription also provides unlimited access to webinars for standards training, access to the EMAP video library on preparing for an assessment, unlimited access to best practices and model plans that meet compliance with EMAP standards, and other resources. Cost: $450; valid for one year.

Accreditation. To move forward with earning full accreditation, a report on the self-assessment is compiled by the school and given to the Program Review Committee for review; EMAP will then conduct an on-site assessment using the self-assessment provided. The review committee then makes a recommendation on the program's accreditation. Accreditation is valid for 5 years. Cost: based on annual operating budget.

The online application to begin the accreditation process, as well as more information about the program, is available on the EMAP web site.


Khesia Taylor
Policy Assistant