Congratulations to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for achieving accreditation from the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP).
"[The] CDC is committed to transparency - and to being held accountable for our work protecting Americans 24/7 from health threats. Asking a respected, independent group to assess our operations is another way in which we can ensure that we effectively use the investment that Congress has made in the CDC," Carmen Villar stated during the accreditation recognition ceremony.
Emergency management accreditation represents a significant achievement as a means of demonstrating that a program meets industry standards, Emergency Management Standard, for their disaster preparedness and response systems. The intent of the standards and the accreditation process is to promote consistent quality in emergency management programs. Thus, providing preparedness sustainability to the community and public infrastructure these programs serve. To achieve accreditation, emergency management programs document compliance to the standards and undergo a peer-review assessment by EMAP trained assessors. Accreditation is valid for five years from the date the EMAP Commission grants accreditation.
"Through your accreditation," Ed Buikema, EMAP Commissioner, "[The CDC] have set the example for other public health emergency management programs to follow your lead."
The CDC hosted a recognition ceremony for their accreditation on Thursday, November 14. An open invitation to their directors and stakeholders alongside EMAP representation, Ed Buikema, EMAP Commissioner and Nicole Ishmael, Executive Director, attended the event.