This training course provides the necessary information, tools, and resources for personnel wishing to become an EMAP expert—whether to assist their Emergency Management Program achieve accreditation or build their Emergency Management Program and/or become a member of the EMAP Assessor Cadre. The Emergency Management Standard Training Course will provide emergency management, preparedness, and homeland security personnel with valuable information regarding the 2016 Emergency Management Standard and its application. At the end of the course, participants may choose to certify as Accreditation Managers and/or Assessors. Serving as an Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) Accreditation Manager and/or an EMAP Assessor is an excellent way to serve the public and the profession of emergency management while broadening one’s knowledge of emergency management practices.
Specifically, participants will be oriented to the following key topics:
- Obtain a basic understanding of EMAP including the steps involved in the EMAP Accreditation Process.
- Examine the 2016 Emergency Management Standard.
- Understand how the 2016 Emergency Management Standard can be used to build Emergency Management Programs in the local, state, higher education, and private sectors.
- Understand the responsibilities and expectations of an Accreditation Manager, Assessor, and Assessment Team Leader.
- A brief tutorial on how to use the online EMAP Program Assessment Tool to conduct a gap analysis of Emergency Management Programs, document Emergency Management Program rationales, and incorporate Assessor findings.
This training will be instructor lead, focused on the 2016 Emergency Management Standard.
The two-day training will encourage open participation and discussion regarding the Emergency Management Standard and its application.
Accreditation Manager Benefits: The training will provide Accreditation Managers with a variety of tools that could be used to prepare a jurisdiction for the EMAP Accreditation. These tools include standard specific materials and guides as well as networking opportunities with other Accreditation Managers.
Assessor Benefits: The training will provide Assessors with an opportunity to learn about the EMAP Process, understand Assessor roles, responsibilities, and expectations, examine documentation for compliance, and practice writing findings. Those attending this training may be eligible to participate on Assessor teams for state, higher education, territorial, and/or local program applicants. EMAP seeks to develop a cadre of highly qualified emergency managers to handle this function on a rotating basis. Please note that this is the first step to become a member of the Assessor Cadre. However, simply attending the training course does not automatically make you a member.
Assessors must have the following qualifications, at a minimum:
- Five years of experience in an emergency management position.
- Experience in at least one actual emergency in which the emergency plan was implemented and participation in an activated emergency operation center requiring implementation of operational response procedures.
- Participated in at least one emergency operation, training or exercise event in the last calendar year.
- Be knowledgeable and up-to-date about the principles of comprehensive emergency management.
- Must abide by the EMAP Code of Conduct.
- Must be available for at least one assessment each year.
- Provide two references from emergency management professionals that address the applicant’s area of expertise.
- Have no conflict of interest as regards to any aspect of EMAP that might prevent objective review and assessment of a candidate program.
- Must be able and willing to serve as a neutral observer.
IMPORTANT: Students should bring a laptop to class as the course materials are available in digital form.
If you need help or have questions, please contact the Help Desk at 804-897-9995, 8-5 M-F or email: LMSHelp@vdem.virginia.gov.
Date:March 19, 2018 – March 20, 2018
Time:8:30 to 5 p.m.
Location:Omni Homestead Resort, Mt. Vernon Room, 7696 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs, Virginia 24445
Course Manager:Candice Crockett