Ohio was reaccredited on May 14 by the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP).
EMAP is a peer-review assessment process for government programs that coordinate prevention, preparedness, response and recovery efforts for both natural and man-made disasters.
The Ohio Emergency Management Agency (EMA) received its first five-year EMAP accreditation in October 2008, and was reassessed in the summer of 2013.
"Emergency management consists of mitigation, preparedness, training and exercises, response, recovery, and public information and education," Nancy Dragani, the executive director of EMA, said. "All of these elements, combined with the coordinated efforts of local partners, state agencies and volunteer organizations, are what make an effective emergency management program and emergency response system."
U.S. states, territories and local government emergency programs can apply for EMAP accreditation. Qualifications for EMAP include compliance to a set of recognized industry standards and a peer-review assessment by EMAP-trained assessors.
"These programs serve as role models in the profession of emergency management," Barb Graff, the chair of the EMAP Commission and director of the Seattle Office of Emergency Management, said.
EMAP was created in 1997 after a meeting of the National Emergency Management Association. The standards used by EMAP were developed by organizations including the DHS Emergency Preparedness & Response Directorate, the National Governors Association and the National League of Cities.