Vermont Emergency Management gets full accreditation

first_imgVermont Emergency Management (VEM) has been fully accredited under the national Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP).  EMAP is a review process for state and local emergency management programs to ensure they are in compliance with national standards.  Vermont joins 21 other states and four jurisdictions with accredited programs.EMAP provides emergency management programs the opportunity to be recognized for compliance with national standards, to demonstrate accountability, and to focus attention on areas and issues where resources are needed.  EMAP has 63 criteria with which to identify areas for improvement at emergency management organizations.“Our emergency management team deserves the thanks and praise of Vermonters for achieving this accreditation,” Governor Douglas said.  “We have worked hard in recent years to ensure that our disaster preparedness and response systems are coordinated and ready to meet the needs of Vermonters in a crisis.”VEM underwent a baseline EMAP assessment in 2004 and only met 12 of 54 criteria at that time.  Through ongoing efforts since 2004, VEM led the charge with other state agency and local partners to meet the expanded 63 criteria. During 2009 a concentrated effort was made to catalog existing plans and programs as well as to develop a new emergency operations plan.  An EMAP assessment team visited the state in November to review operations and interview staff as well as other state and local emergency response agencies.  A final review earlier this week was the last step before the official accreditation was approved by the EMAP Commission.“I am proud of the dedication and leadership our VEM staff has shown to ensure that Vermont meets the highest national standards for emergency preparedness,” said Commissioner of Public Safety Tom Tremblay.  “Demonstrating that the entire state’s readiness efforts meet national standards is not just a welcomed recognition; it means that the state has the tools and coordination to respond effectively in the event of disaster.  We will continue to work on a collaborative basis to update and enhance our disaster response preparedness.”Source: Governor’s office. 4.8.2010###last_img read more