Late last week the Emergency Management Accreditation Program informed Cal OES that it will fully accredit the agency for the second time.
According to an EMAP press release:
“The State of California is commended for the work accomplished to achieve compliance with industry standards. To achieve accreditation, your program, which includes many agencies and individuals within the program, took steps to document compliance with sixty-four industry recognized standards and a peer-review on-site assessment by a team of EMAP trained assessors. Accreditation recognizes the ability of programs 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. We applaud the State of California’s leadership and congratulate you on your commitment to achieve accreditation. More importantly, we recognize the dedication to the safety and security of the residents that it represents.”
Cal OES staff worked on this accreditation process during one of the wettest and most disastrous winters in recent history. It’s officially been the wettest winter on record, and that brought with it damage and repair costs that rose quickly, prompting a record-breaking five emergency federal disaster declarations in three months.
A special thanks to all the participating directorates and especially the Preparedness Branch – Emergency Management Systems Unit project lead Clifford Viernes and the team: Diane Kuncz, Scott Marotte, Nate Ortiz and Cindy Shipley. The Preparedness Branch also supported this project by doing reviews for the submitted documentation.