The city of Henderson’s Emergency Management Program was recently awarded accreditation.
Henderson is the first city in Nevada, and the first city in Federal Emergency Management Agency Region IX, to receive accreditation by the Emergency Management Accreditation Program for disaster management practices and procedures.
The city performed a rigorous self-assessment to document compliance with 64 standards that address five phases of a disaster management cycle: prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery. The week of Oct. 12-16, 2015, a five-person assessment team conducted an on-site review to validate compliance with these standards.
The 12-month accreditation process involved every department in the city, as well as many state and local government agencies, community partners, and public stakeholders. The team evaluated standards and processes in areas such as planning, administration and finance, hazard identification and mitigation, operations and procedures, resource management, communications and warning, training and public education.
With the Emergency Management Accreditation Program accreditation, Henderson Fire Department becomes the only fire department in the nation that is triple accredited. Henderson Fire also maintains accreditation through the Commission on Fire Accreditation International and the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services.