DENVER – The Denver Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (OEM) today announced that Denver has received national emergency management accreditation by the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP).
“Our team has worked diligently to make sure that Denver is prepared to respond to whatever may affect the safety, health and well-being of our community,” Scott Field, Director of the Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, said. “This is a major achievement for Denver and places us among the top cities in the nation in terms of our ability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters and emergencies.”
Denver OEM helps coordinate the City’s response to and recovery from disasters and emergencies in order to minimize their impact on our community. EMAP accreditation recognizes the ability of local governments to bring together personnel, resources and communications from a variety of agencies and organizations in preparation for and in response to a disaster of any type.
EMAP is a voluntary accreditation process for emergency management programs that coordinate preparedness and response activities for disasters. To achieve accreditation, emergency management programs document compliance with a set of 63 nationally recognized standards used in the accreditation process and undergo a peer-review assessment by EMAP trained assessors.
Denver is the first local government program in Colorado – and one of less than a dozen nationally – to receive full accreditation. The State of Colorado received EMAP accreditation in 2009.
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