Friday, May 19, 2017

Office of Emergency Management Earns National Accreditation

On April 28, 2017, the Emergency Management program of the State of Colorado received notification that it has been granted full accreditation by the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP). This accreditation represents a significant achievement; the program had to demonstrate compliance with 64 EMAP standards.

EMAP recognizes the ability of emergency management programs to bring together personnel, resources and communications from a variety of agencies and organizations in preparation for and in response to an emergency.

The accreditation process evaluates emergency management programs on compliance with requirements in 16 areas, including planning, resource management, training, exercises, evaluations, communications and warning, and administration.

"Achieving accreditation says that we are credible; a third party has come in and verified that, yes, you meet these standards and able to provide a certain level of service," explained Kevin Klein, Director of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. He added that accreditation also provides the program a tool to measure against and goals to strive for: "It helps us track our ability to meet what a group of our peers have determined are a minimum standard for accreditation."

This is great recognition to our dedication to the safety and security of Colorado residents. The commitment it took to achieve this re-accreditation is applauded and it could not have been done without all the incredible employees of DHSEM's Office of Emergency Management.

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