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Highest Honor for Emergency Management Awarded to the First Health Care Entity in the world

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Newport, RI. – King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (Gen. Org) made history this week as the first Health Care Entity to ever earn Emergency Management Programs accreditation by the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP). The King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre Emergency (disaster) Management and Safety & Security departments manage the security and preparedness program to help protect patients, employees, and assets throughout the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre Hospital System.

“Congratulations to King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (Gen. Org) for achieving this significant accomplishment in emergency management by earning accreditation. Through their commitment and leadership, they have demonstrated to their employees, patients and stakeholders their program is sustainable, and safety and security are a top priority.” stated Robie Robinson, Executive Director of Public Safety, University of Tennessee- Chattanooga and the EMAP Commission Chair.

King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (Gen. Org) was commissioned in 1970 by his Highness King Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh and opened in 1975. They recently broke the 1 million mark for in/outpatients treated per year and are honored to serve the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and visiting foreign dignitaries such as the President of the United States of America, when in the country. Today it has developed into a leader in healthcare and innovation and has become the first hospital in the world to be Accredited by EMAP!

Providing emergency management programs the opportunity to be evaluated and recognized for compliance with standards certified by the American National Standard Institute (ANSI) and recognized by the industry complies with the EMAP’s mission to build safer communities through credible standards of excellence. These programs demonstrate accountability and focus attention on areas and issues where resources are needed to heighten their preparedness efforts to any technical or natural disaster that may affect their communities. To achieve accreditation, applicants must demonstrate through self-assessment, documentation and peer assessment verification that its program meets the Emergency Management Standard. The emergency management program uses the accreditation to prove the capabilities of their disaster preparedness and response systems. Accreditation is valid for five years and the program must maintain compliance with the Emergency Management Standard and is reassessed to maintain accredited status.

For those programs that were undergoing reaccreditation, this achievement proves just as significant. By maintaining their accredited status throughout the years, these programs prove that they adhere to the Emergency Management Standard, and successfully maintain accreditation status to achieve future reaccreditation.

EMAP revolutionizes emergency management programs that coordinate preparedness and response activities for disasters based on standards. EMAP recognizes the ability of emergency management programs to bring together personnel, resources and communications from a variety of agencies and organizations in preparation for and in response to an emergency, in addition to obtaining the ability to measure those capabilities. The Emergency Management Standard is flexible in design so that programs of differing sizes, populations, risks and resources can use it as a blueprint for improvement and can attain compliance with those standards in an accreditation process. The accreditation process evaluates emergency management programs on compliance with requirements in sixteen areas, including: planning; resource management; training; exercises, evaluations, and corrective actions; communications and warning; and administration. This forms the foundation of the nation’s emergency preparedness system. EMAP is the only accreditation process for emergency management programs and welcomes King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre as the 100th accredited program.

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Public Comment Period Open for EM & US&R Standards

Public Comment

EMAP Releases the EMAP 5-2019 Draft Emergency Management Standard for Public Comment

The EMAP 5-2019 Draft Emergency Management Standard has been revised by the EMAP Technical Committee and is being released for public comment.  The Standard will be open for a 60-day public comment period and will close on June 28, 2018.  All public comments received will be adjudicated by the EMAP Standards Subcommittee in December 2018 and formally voted on by the EMAP Technical Committee in 2019.  All public comments should be submitted using the EMAP Public Comment link below, complete the excel form and then submit it to Ms. Christine Y. Jacobs via email at cjacobs@emap.org.  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Jacobs at 859/494-0917.

The Emergency Management Standard is a rigorous yet scalable industry standard for Emergency Management Programs. The Standard is flexible in design so that programs of varying sizes, populations, risks, and resources can use it as a blueprint for improvement and can attain compliance with the standard. The Standard was collaboratively developed through a series of working groups of emergency management stakeholders from government, business and other sectors, and continues to evolve to represent the best in emergency management.

The Emergency Management Standard is revised on a three-year cycle that consists of committee collaboration within the EMAP Standard Subcommittee; a public comment period; and support from the EMAP Technical Committee that provides recommendations to the EMAP Commission. The formal process is based on the combination of EMAP and ANSI Policy and Procedures.

Please click here to the provide public comment on the draft Emergency Management Standard.

EMAP has also provided this Word version for use as well for convenience. Please follow the instructions for submitting your comments on the form.  

EMAP Releases the EMAP 2-2019 Draft Urban Search & Rescue Standard for Public Comment

The EMAP 2-2019 Draft Urban Search & Rescue Standard has been revised by the EMAP Technical Committee and is being released for public comment.  The Standard will be open for a 60-day public comment period and will close on June 28, 2018.  All public comments received will be adjudicated by the EMAP Standards Workgroup in November 2018 and formally voted on by the EMAP Technical Committee in 2019.  All public comments should be submitted using the EMAP Public Comment link below, complete the excel form and then submit it to Ms. Christine Y. Jacobs via email at cjacobs@emap.org.  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Jacobs at 859/494-0917.

The Urban Search and Rescue Standard by EMAP is a scalable, yet rigorous, national standard for local, tribal, territorial, regional, state, national, non-governmental, private sector and international US&R Resources. It has been collaboratively developed through a series of Standard Workgroup meetings with stakeholders from all levels of government, business, and other sectors. The Urban Search and Rescue Standard by EMAP is dynamic and will continue to evolve to represent the best-combined knowledge, skills and abilities of US&R Resources nationwide.

The Urban Search and Rescue Standard by EMAP is reviewed on a three-year review cycle that consists of committee collaboration within the EMAP Standards Workgroup; a public comment period; and support from the EMAP Technical Committee that provides recommendations to the EMAP Commission.  The formal process is based on the combination of EMAP and American National Standard Institute (ANSI) Policies and Procedures.

Please click here to the provide public comment on the draft Urban Search & Rescue Standard.

EMAP has also provided this Word version for use as well for convenience. Please follow the instructions for submitting your comments on the form.  

Highest Honor for Emergency Management Awarded to Nine Programs

Newport, RI. – Congratulations to the following Emergency Management Programs that have earned accreditation by the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP): Colorado Springs, Co.; District of Columbia; Huntington District of the United States Army Corps of Engineers; East Baton Rouge, La.; Kansas; Louisiana; Marion County, Fla.; North Dakota and Oklahoma.

 “Congratulations to those programs that have maintained their accredited status as well as those who have joined the elite leaders in emergency management having earned accreditation through the Emergency Management Accreditation Program. Through their commitment and leadership, they have proven to their communities and stakeholders that their programs are sustainable and that they continue to focus on their communities’ best interests,” stated Robie Robinson, Executive Director of Public Safety, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga and the EMAP Commission Chair.

Providing emergency management programs the opportunity to be evaluated and recognized for compliance with standards certified by the American National Standard Institute (ANSI) and recognized by the industry complies with the EMAP’s mission to build safer communities through credible standards of excellence. These programs demonstrate accountability and focus attention on areas and issues where resources are needed to heighten their preparedness efforts to any technical or natural disaster that may affect their communities.

To achieve accreditation, applicants must demonstrate through self-assessment, documentation and peer assessment verification that its program meets the Emergency Management Standard. The emergency management program uses the accreditation to prove the capabilities of their disaster preparedness and response systems. Accreditation is valid for five years and the program must maintain compliance with the Emergency Management Standard and is reassessed to maintain accredited status.

For those programs that were undergoing reaccreditation, this achievement proves just as significant. By maintaining their accredited status throughout the years, these programs prove that they adhere to the Emergency Management Standard, and successfully maintain accreditation status to achieve reaccreditation this year.

EMAP revolutionizes emergency management programs that coordinate preparedness and response activities for disasters based on standards. EMAP recognizes the ability of emergency management programs to bring together personnel, resources and communications from a variety of agencies and organizations in preparation for and in response to an emergency, in addition to obtaining the ability to measure those capabilities. The Emergency Management Standard is flexible in design so that programs of differing sizes, populations, risks and resources can use it as a blueprint for improvement and can attain compliance with those standards in an accreditation process. The accreditation process evaluates emergency management programs on compliance with requirements in sixteen areas, including: planning; resource management; training; exercises, evaluations, and corrective actions; communications and warning; and administration. This forms the foundation of the nation’s emergency preparedness system. EMAP is the only accreditation process for emergency management programs. 

To download this release click here.  

IAEM Endorses EMAP as the Standard for Emergency Management Programs

The IAEM-USA Board of Directors at its recent meeting officially endorsed the Emergency Management Standard administered by the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) as the standard for emergency management programs.
Read the complete release with more information from IAEM-USA President Nick Crossley, CEM, CPM pictured together with EMAP Executive Director Nicole Ishmael. Click here to read the release.
 
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