The Nevada Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security announced on Tuesday that it achieved full accreditation by the Emergency Management Accreditation Program.
NDEM was the lead agency responsible for Nevada's accreditation. The agency critically reviewed programs, documentation and completed on-site assessments through an independent team to ensure programs and agencies met national standards.
State, Territorial and local governments participate in EMAP's voluntary accreditation process to coordinate preparedness and response activities based on national standards for man-made and natural disasters. The program brings personnel, resources and communications from various agencies and organizations together to prepare for and respond to emergencies.
"EMAP accreditation process has been a long laborious process that couldn't have been completed without the entire team's efforts," NDEM Project Manager Bud Marshall said. "I am grateful for everyone's hard work in achieving accreditation but it does not end here. This is a continuous process of involving all of our stakeholders, documenting our emergency management program's activities and implementing on-going improvements."
The review process took place over the course of one year. NDEM was evaluated on compliance with 64 national standards in 16 functional areas, such as planning, training, evaluations, correction action, communications and resource management.
"Achieving the EMAP standard is a notable achievement for Nevada," NDEM Chief Chris Smith said. "It emphasizes our commitment to the mission to provide the best service to the citizens and visitors to our state. This designation recognizes the dedication and professionalism of the NDEM staff, our state, local, and tribal agencies all of whom we part of this standard of excellence."