King County Office of Emergency (OEM) has earned full accreditation by the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) – a validation of the capabilities of our disaster preparedness and response systems. Accreditation from this internationally recognized program represents a significant achievement and compliance with sixty-four industry-recognized standards. The rigorous EMAP process required a year-long internal self-assessment of OEM’s organizational programs, plans, and procedures, capped by an on-site peer-review by a team of EMAP assessors drawn from programs across the U.S.
“For the past five years, OEM has completed a top to bottom assessment and realignment of our region-wide mission, values, goals, and objectives,” stated OEM Director Walt Hubbard, pictured with Executive Constantine. “EMAP is the capstone of this effort and represents a validation of our entire emergency management community.”
“I applaud King County’s leadership and your dedication to the safety and security of our residents,” stated Seattle Office of Emergency Management Director and EMAP Commissioner Barb Graff. “Congratulations on achieving EMAP accreditation and earning a perfect score.”
Accreditation is valid for five years. To earn reaccredited status, the program must maintain compliance with the Emergency Management Standard and be reassessed.