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EMAP Training Course at IAEM Annual Conference Registration

Pre-Registration Required:  Training Registration Form

(No on-site registration)*

DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION:  Monday, November 2, 2015
 
The EMAP Training Course, 8:30am - 5:00pm (Nov. 19 and 20), provides emergency management, preparedness, and homeland security personnel with valuable information to assist them in how to assess a jurisdiction’s program for disaster/hazard preparedness using the Emergency Management Standard. Serving as an EMAP Accreditation Manager and/or an EMAP Assessor is an excellent way to serve the public and the profession of emergency management while broadening one’s knowledge of emergency management practices.  The primary purpose of this training is to provide the necessary information, tools, and resources for personnel wishing to become an EMAP expert—whether to assist their program to achieve accreditation or to be a member of the EMAP Assessor Cadre. 

Specifically, they will be oriented to the following key topics:

  • Obtain a basic understanding of EMAP including the steps involved in the EMAP accreditation process.
  • Examine the 2013 Emergency Management Standard and explore the need and application of standards.
  • Understanding the responsibilities and expectations of an accreditation manager and an assessor.
  • A brief tutorial on how to use the online EMAP Program Assessment Tool to document assessor findings.

 This training will be instructor lead, focused on the current EMAP procedures. The two-day course will encourage open participation and discussion about the topics and will provide resources and tools for those interested in EMAP. Those attending this course may be eligible to participate on assessor teams for state, territorial, and/or local program applicants.
 
The expertise of assessors will strongly affect the credibility and success of the accreditation program. EMAP seeks to develop a cadre of highly qualified emergency managers to handle this function on a rotating basis. Please note that this is the first step to become a member of the Assessor Cadre. However simply attending the training course does not automatically make you a member.

Assessors must have the following qualifications, at a minimum:

  • Five years of experience in an emergency management position in government emergency management.
  • Experience in at least one actual emergency in which the emergency plan was implemented and participation in an activated emergency operation center requiring implementation of operational response procedures.
  • Participated in at least one emergency operation, training or exercise event in the last calendar year.
  • Be knowledgeable and up-to-date about the principles of comprehensive emergency management.
  • Provide a writing sample as part of the application.
  • Must abide by the EMAP Code of Conduct.
  • Must be available for at least one assessment each year.
  • Provide two references from emergency management professionals that address the applicant’s area of expertise.
  • Have no conflict of interest as regards to any aspect of EMAP that might prevent objective review and assessment of a candidate program.
  • Must be able and willing to serve as a neutral observer.

*For public sector employees only. There is not a registration fee for this course if subscribed to EMAP or interested in becoming an EMAP Assessor.

Urban Search & Rescue Standard open for additional Public Comment period

The Urban Search & Rescue Standard by EMAP has been developed through a series of working group meetings with stakeholders from government, business and other sectors.  Scalable yet rigorous, the Urban Search & Rescue Standard establishes criteria for the administration, operational, and logistical readiness of Urban Search and Rescue Teams (US&R) in support of the National Urban Search and Rescue Response.

The EMAP Technical Committee releases the revised draft Standard for public comment.  The standard was revised based on the adjudication of all public comments received in March and April. Because of the substantial changes made to the Standard, the document along with the corresponding Annex and Appendix materials are open once again for the public to provide comments.  All public comments will be adjudicated by the EMAP US&R Standards Workgroup in October and formally voted on by the EMAP consensus body, Technical Committee.

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Motivation, Benefits, and Guidance Builds a 77% Increase in Accredited Programs

Over the past three years, EMAP has acquired a 77% increase in accredited programs, thus providing key outcomes in the comparison of the 2015 Accredited Program Survey (with a 53% response) to the 2012 Accredited Program Survey (with a 56% response). The purpose of the survey is to gather information that may assist in improving the accreditation process; provide marketing analysis to assist in initiatives, presentations, and materials; and to provide data on overall improvements to Programs and the true benefits of those representatives being leaders in the field of emergency management through accreditation.

In 2012, EMAP provided an introductory survey for accredited programs that gathered data for motivating factors, benefits and program individual results that stemmed from the accreditation process. Recommendations that came from that survey provided EMAP the opportunity to strengthen services such as the development of a payment planning method structured so that varying sized jurisdictions can fund their accreditation effort with more ease. Test services such as incorporating a remote portion to the assessment phases to ease on costs of the on-site assessment. The survey brought out ideas to improve the training course and create guidance with tools for better understanding of the intent of the standards. EMAP also took the opportunity to revise the website to a friendly platform with high quality resources available to all Programs committed to the accreditation process.

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