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City of Colorado Springs among elite group to achieve full National Emergency Management Accreditation
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The City of Colorado Springs is proud to announce that the Office of Emergency Management has been granted full accreditation from the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) assessment team.  The City of Colorado Springs is among an elite group of just 14 jurisdictions in the nation to achieve this status.

“We are extremely proud of the work that Emergency Management Director Bret Waters and his team do on a daily basis to prepare our City for a potential emergency,” said Mayor Steve Bach. “The Office of Emergency Management leads a cross-departmental effort to ensure the City stands ready to respond to any type of disaster, and this recognition demonstrates that we have one of the best emergency management programs in the country.”

“We applaud the City of Colorado Springs’ leadership and congratulate them on their commitment to achieve accreditation. More importantly, we recognize the dedication to the safety and security of the City of Colorado Springs’ residents that it represents,” said Barb Graff, Director of Seattle Office of Emergency Management and Chair of the EMAP Commission.  “In light of recent floods, fires and terrorist acts, it’s never been more important to demonstrate and document the ability to coordinate emergency plans and actions. [This program] serves as a role model in the profession of emergency management.”

Accreditation is a means of demonstrating, through program assessment, documentation, and on-site evaluation by an independent peer review team, that a program meets national standards. EMAP recognizes the ability of emergency management programs to bring together personnel, resources and communications from a variety of agencies and organizations to prepare for and respond to an emergency. The EMAP process evaluates compliance with requirements in 16 areas, including planning; resource management; training; exercises, evaluations, and corrective actions; and communications and warning.


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