For Immediate Release
November 09, 2012
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Mayor Menino announced today that the Boston Emergency Management Program has received full accreditation from the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP).
News of the accreditation came on Monday during the City of Boston’s response to Hurricane Sandy and was announced today by EMAP.
“In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and the first Nor’easter of the season, we are mindful of the importance in having emergency plans in place to protect our residents,” Mayor Menino said. “Receiving accreditation shows that we have the appropriate policies and procedures in place to manage any hazard, manmade or natural, that may impact the city.”
The Boston program is administered by the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management.
“Conducting such an in-depth evaluation of the City’s Emergency Management Program was a rewarding year-long process”, said Rene Fielding, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM). “EMAP Accreditation reaffirms that the City of Boston is committed to our preparedness efforts and can respond effectively to any emergency.”
EMAP recognizes the ability of state and local governments to bring together personnel, resources and communications from a variety of agencies and organizations in preparation for and in response to emergencies and disasters. Currently, EMAP is the only accreditation process for emergency management programs.
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.
While this is a voluntary process, EMAP accreditation is a significant achievement with Boston being only one of four accredited cities, and 42 accredited programs nationwide, most of which are states or counties. Accreditation affirms that Boston’s Emergency Management Program meets national standards for disaster preparedness and response. To achieve accreditation, Boston’s Office of Emergency Management was required to document compliance with a set of sixty-four national standards and undergo a peer-review on-site assessment by trained EMAP assessors. Accreditation is valid for five years and, in order to remain accredited, Boston must submit a yearly report and remain in compliance with EMAP standards.