| The EMAP Commission is the governing and decision making body of the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP). The EMAP Commission works to assure and improve the delivery of the emergency management services to the public through accreditation of government emergency management programs. The EMAP Commission's responsibilities include:
The EMAP Commission has established and will maintain standards for emergency management programs 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 accreditation and provides trained and qualified assessors to conduct on-site evaluations of programs when applicants have completed the self-assessment phase of the accreditation process.
- Establishing and maintaining standards for emergency management programs;
- Administering an accreditation process that encourages applicant departments to bring their programs into compliance with those standards;
- Conducting on-site assessment of applicants' compliance;
- Acknowledging compliance of programs by issuing certificates of accreditation;
- Developing and maintaining working relationships with national, regional, state and local associations and agencies 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 in a manner that will lead to the improvement in the accreditation program and the delivery of emergency management services.
|After on-site assessment, the commission uses a fair and impartial procedure to determine accreditation status.
- Membership: Ten (10)
- Selection: Five (5) members are appointed by the National Emergency Management Association & five (5) members are appointed by the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) (both key organizations in the creation of EMAP).
- Term: Three (3) years
- Meetings: Three (3) times per year and via conference call as needed
- Governance: The International, Private Sector, Program Review, and Technical Committees report to the EMAP Commission for final decision making.
2013 EMAP Commission Members:
- Barb Graff, City of Seattle (WA), Chairperson
- Jerome Hatfield, New Jersey State Police, Office of Emergency Management, Vice Chairperson
- Karen Windon, Manatee County (FL) Department of Public Safety, Secretary-Treasurer
- Ed Buikema, Armada USA & Argonne National Laboratory
- Judson Freed, Ramsey County (MN) Emergency Management
- Dave Hard, Colorado Office of Emergency Management
- Tammy Little, Ohio Emergency Management Agency
- Thomas MacLellan, National Governors Association
- Robie Robinson, Director of Emergency Management, Tarrant County (TX) College
- William Waugh, Georgia State University Department of Public Administration and Urban Studies
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