CDC Now Accredited for Emergency Management
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has become the first federal agency to get full accreditation of its emergency management program from the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP).
This is a major accomplishment that requires completion of a detailed six-step EMAP process. Currently only thirty-one states, the District of Columbia, and 14 cities and counties in the United States are accredited. EMAP’s independent assessors and program review committee evaluate local, state and national emergency management programs to ensure they meet nationally set standards for emergency management and promote consistent quality of in emergency management programs.
“Accreditation is a serious accomplishment for CDC and the emergency management community we support,” said Ali S. Khan, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response. “Preparing for and responding to emergencies of any kind – natural disasters, bioterrorism events, chemical terrorism or pandemics – is a core function of public health. Everyone at CDC has a hand, at one point in time, in emergency management and execution.”