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Emergency Management Accreditation Program to Offer Assessment Program

December 9, 2010

The Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) is a voluntary assessment and accreditation process for state/territorial, regional, tribal, and local government emergency management programs. Sponsors include the Council of State Governments, the International Association of Emergency Managers, the National Emergency Management Association, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. It is now offering colleges and universities the opportunity to attain emergency management accreditation. The pilot assessment is the initial step in becoming accredited.

What will this accreditation program do for institutions of higher education? It will prepare schools for crisis and disaster preparation and response, assist in risk mitigation and loss prevention, and establish continuity of operation and recovery strategies for various disasters.

Participation in the assessment will help institutions:

  • Reduce their vulnerability, sensitivity, and exposure to future crisis and disaster events
  • Protect life, including students, faculty, and staff
  • Protect property, the environment, essential services, and critical facilities
  • Align with other risk management programs such as Enterprise Risk Management
  • Increase validity and credibility to campus emergency management programs and align them with their local and state partners

Currently, EMAP accreditation is only offered to state and local governments-a small number of institutions are being sought to help determine the benefits of campuses receiving risk management accreditation in the future. The pilot assessments, free to participants, will include a cross section of campuses of all sizes and configurations and provide hands-on training and guidance for campus assessment leads and teams. The final assessment report would allow emergency managers and others at schools the opportunity to assess the the benefits of accreditation.

For more information or to apply to participate in the pilot assessment, please visit the EMAP resource page


Anne Gross
Vice President, Regulatory Affairs