Are you ready for the “big one?” Pierce County’s Department of Emergency Management is.
The department (DEM) recently earned its re-certification by the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) and was honored by EMAP Commissioner Barb Graff on May 31 at the Pierce County Council’s weekly meeting.
Pierce County is one of 19 counties nationally to be EMAP-accredited and was the first organization in FEMA Region 10 (Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and Idaho) to earn this honor. Pierce County is the second county west of the Mississippi to be re-accredited.
Accreditation recognizes the ability of programs 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. By maintaining accredited status, Pierce County Emergency Management proved they adhere to the Emergency Management Standard.
“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,” said Robie Robinson, Executive Director of Public Safety, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga and the EMAP Commission Chair. “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.”
Re-certification recognizes the hard work of DEM to create sustainable communities and enhance public safety by empowering all who work, govern, live in and visit Pierce County to prevent, mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from all types of hazards, emergencies and disasters.Print This Post