Bismarck, ND ‚Ä" The North Dakota Department of Emergency Services (NDDES) recently achieved the highest designation possible by the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP).
To achieve accreditation, applicants must demonstrate through self-assessment, documentation and peer assessment verification that their program meets the Emergency Management Standard. The emergency management program uses the accreditation to prove the capabilities of their disaster preparedness, response and recovery systems.
‚ÄúCongratulations to the Department of Emergency Services and all of the other state agencies whose hard work resulted in this accreditation,‚ÄĚ said Gov. Doug Burgum. ‚ÄúThis award recognizes that our state agencies work effectively together to achieve the highest level of emergency management.‚ÄĚ
Accreditation is valid for five years. Programs must maintain compliance with the Emergency Management Standard and will later be reassessed to maintain accredited status.
‚ÄúThis accreditation ensures that North Dakotans are truly in safe hands when it comes to disaster management,‚ÄĚ said Maj. Gen. Alan Dohrmann, Director of the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services. ‚ÄúNDDES and our partner agencies have established, proven plans and procedures in place for the management of any disaster or incident that should occur.‚ÄĚ
EMAP accreditation recognizes the ability of emergency management programs to bring together personnel, resources and communications from a variety of agencies and revolutionizes emergency management programs that coordinate preparedness and response activities for disasters based on standards. The accreditation process evaluates emergency management programs on compliance with requirements in 16 areas, including: planning; resource management; training; exercises, evaluations and corrective actions; communications and warning; and administration.
‚ÄúReceiving EMAP accreditation has been a years-long process involving 26 state agencies that really stepped up to assist us in receiving this award,‚ÄĚ said Cody Schulz, Director of Homeland Security. ‚ÄúOur success is proof that our state level emergency management plans are rooted in our collaboration with other agencies across state government.‚ÄĚ