For Immediate Release:
April 25, 2012

Media Contact:
Cristina Armand


OEM awarded EMAP Accreditation

The Miami-Dade Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has been granted full accreditation from the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP). Receiving this distinction is a significant achievement. OEM was commended for the work accomplished which validated its compliance with national standards.

Accreditation is a means of demonstrating, through program assessment, documentation and on-site assessment by an independent peer review team, that a program meets national standards. It is valid for five years from the date the EMAP Commission grants accreditation. Accredited programs must maintain compliance with EMAP standards and be reassessed in five years to maintain accredited status.

Accreditation recognizes the ability of local government 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. These capabilities form the foundation of the nation’s disaster response system.

“Achieving accreditation is a significant accomplishment for an emergency management agency,” said Curtis Sommerhoff, OEM Director. “– “It validates our commitment to delivering professional emergency management services to the people of Miami-Dade County.”.”

EMAP is a national non-profit organization established to evaluate and improve the nation’s emergency management capabilities and provides the country’s only accreditation process for emergency management programs.

For more information, please contact MDFR’s Public Affairs Bureau at (786) 331-5200.


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