Full accreditation granted by the EMAP Commission.
The national Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) has reconfirmed the City of Austin’s emergency management program is among the elite emergency management leaders, following a full accreditation granted by the EMAP Commission.
The Commission announced the accreditation after conducting a peer-reviewed assessment of the City of Austin’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (Austin HSEM), which documented Austin HSEM’s compliance with 64 industry-recognized standards.
“This accreditation affirms the City of Austin’s commitment to its vision of making Austin the most livable City in the country,” Interim City Manager Elaine Hart said. “It is reflective of the Austin HSEM’s demonstrated excellence, accountability and focus on areas to heighten City preparedness efforts.”
In 2012, the City of Austin was the first city in Texas to earn the voluntary five-year EMAP accreditation, and the new voluntary accreditation follows the EMAP standard for programs to resubmit after the five-year accreditation period expires. Today, the City of Austin is just one of three Texas cities, along with the City of Dallas and City of Arlington, to hold EMAP accreditation status.
The City of Austin chose to pursue the reaccreditation to ensure it is delivering the highest level of customer service and industry best practices for community members following any technical or natural disaster that may affect Austin’s communities.
“Emergency management accreditation represents a significant achievement,” said EMAP Commission Chairperson Robie Robinson. “We applaud the City of Austin’s leadership and we recognize the dedication to the safety and security of the residents that it represents.”
Austin HSEM wants to remind citizens that simple steps can increase individual and family preparedness for emergencies and disasters. More information can be found at www.austintexas.gov/hsem.
Additionally, community members can stay informed by registering to receive emergency warnings in their neighborhood by text, email or phone at www.warncentraltexas.org.
About Austin HSEM
The mission of the City of Austin Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management 15-member team is to plan and prepare for emergencies, educate the public about preparedness, develop volunteers, manage grant funding to improve homeland security and public safety capabilities, coordinate emergency response and recovery, support planned events and work with public and partner organizations to protect the whole community.
Austin HSEM co-manages the Austin-Travis County Emergency Operations Center. In addition, Austin HSEM adopts 24/7 readiness posture in response to all hazards, special events, dignitary visits and severe weather events.