LANSING. Gov. Rick Snyder today announced that the state of Michigan has retained its accreditation by the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP). This national accreditation reaffirms the ability of state government to prepare for and respond to all types of emergencies and disasters.
“The state of Michigan continues to be a national emergency management and homeland security leader,” Snyder said. “In Michigan, we are committed to having a system in place that ensures our residents are prepared for all hazards, whether natural or human-made. I commend the Michigan State Police and the other state departments for their dedication and commitment in this arena.”
As of October, 31 state emergency management programs were accredited. To achieve reaccreditation, Michigan was required to document how the state’s emergency preparedness and response system meets 64 national standards and undergo a peer-review assessment by an independent team of EMAP assessors.
The accreditation process was led by the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD), which is responsible for coordinating the state’s activities to mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies and disasters.
“This achievement displays Michigan’s dedication to protecting the health and safety of Michiganders during times of crisis,” said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and Director of the MSP. “The accreditation process was crucial for assessing Michigan’s emergency plans and procedures, ensuring we continue to be compliant with current emergency management standards and are establishing best practices for years to come.”
The accreditation is valid for five years from the date granted by the EMAP Commission. Accredited programs must maintain compliance with EMAP standards and are reassessed every five years.
EMAP is a voluntary assessment and accreditation process for federal, state and local government agencies. The program was established by a group of national organizations to foster continuous improvement and accountability in emergency management and homeland security.
The EMAP process evaluates emergency management programs on compliance with requirements in 16 areas, including: planning; resource management; training; exercises, evaluations, and corrective actions; and communications and warning.
EMAP is the only accreditation process for emergency management. The state of Michigan first achieved EMAP accreditation in 2011.
For more information about emergency planning in Michigan, visit www.michigan.gov/emhsd.
The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division is responsible for coordinating state and federal resources to assist local government in response and relief activities in the event of an emergency or disaster, as well as coordinating homeland security initiatives and various federal grants.