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1 The International Association of Emergency Managers …an overview of the recognized leader in the field of emergency management

2 IAEM shall be recognized as a premier international organization of emergency management professionals. IAEM shall be recognized as a premier international organization of emergency management professionals. IAEM Vision

3 How Did It All Begin? U.S. Civil Defense Council formed (1952) USCDC hired full-time executive director (1960s) FEMA created (1979) USCDC becomes NCCEM (1983) NCCEM hires professional management firm (1985) First class of CEMs conferred (1993) NCCEM becomes IAEM; 5-year strategic plan adopted (1996) IAEM scholarship program created (1999)

4 Current IAEM Members IAEM members are located worldwide… Canada = 125

5 IAEM Members IAEM Board of Directors Allied Groups (i.e., FEMA, NEMA, ASPEP, ACP....) Past Presidents Council Executive Director Standing Committees Advisory Committees Ad-Hoc Task Forces CEM ® Commission Special Projects IAEM Organization Membership Categories: Individual Member Affiliate Member Student Member

6 To serve its members by providing information, networking and professional development opportunities; and to advance the emergency management profession. IAEM Mission

7 Influencing Public Policy President Bush consulting with IAEM Past President Ken Schroeder President Bush consulting with IAEM Past President Ken Schroeder

8 Influencing Public Policy Top Five U.S. Government Affairs Priorities Implementation of the FEMA Reform bill passed in September Staffing and funding of local emergency management agencies. Hazard Mitigation. Full funding and staffing of the National Weather Service. Floodplain mapping.

9 Priorities Specific to DHS The acceptance of an All Hazards approach to emergency planning should be reflected in all documentation and grant guidance. There still remains ongoing inconsistency with what is funded versus what is needed for responding and recovering from All Hazards. The definition of NIMS Compliance needs to be clearly defined and a true timeline for compliance needs to be established. Currently there remains uncertainty on who exactly in each jurisdiction needs to take what course by what time in order to be compliant.

10 Priorities Specific to DHS..Continued The maintenance and sustainability of the Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) needs full Departmental support. In fact, the total amount of the annual grant needs to be increased in order to assist in the proper funding of the EM program at the local level. The Department needs to embrace the FEMA Reform Bill and insure that it is properly and timely implemented.

11 Priorities Specific to DHS..Continued The Department needs to truly embrace Mitigation and fully support it at the local level. There is adequate documentation existing that proves a dollar spent on mitigation saves several dollars on response and recovery. The percentage of disaster dollars slated for mitigation needs to be increased to at least 20%. Interoperability of local communications needs to be properly funded with Federal, State and Local dollars being leveraged to accomplish this. The solutions for this communications problem are usually Big Ticket Projects which are unachievable if left up to the local jurisdictions.

12 IAEM Partners Include… …state EM associations across the U.S., ASPEP, DRII, and many more…

13 Reaching Out to Partners IAEM meeting with the International Association of Fire Chiefs

14 Membership Benefits Access to the largest network of top emergency management experts who can offer solutions, guidance or assistance. A 20+ page monthly newsletter to facilitate info- sharing (also available online). Subscription to the IAEM Presidents Communique ( ed updated on IAEM activities and initiatives).

15 Membership Benefits A unified voice at federal, state and local levels to educate decision-makers about the impact of policies and legislation on emergency management services. Access to the online searchable IAEM Membership Directory, Annual Report and other IAEM materials. Value: Access to the largest network of top emergency management and disaster experts who can offer solutions, guidance and assistance.

16 Membership Benefits Voting privileges at member meetings. Access to members-only area of the IAEM web site including search capability for archived IAEM Bulletins covering a wide range of potential reference materials on disaster preparedness and emergency management topics. Reduced rates at annual IAEM conferences and seminars. Member discount off of sportswear and supplies from IAEM store. IAEM offers exposure to hundreds of hiring managers nationwide who look to IAEM as their primary advertising tool for recruiting new employees.

17 Membership Benefits IAEM offers the only internationally recognized certification for local emergency managers -- the Certified Emergency Manager and Associate Emergency Manager designations -- which can enhance your career opportunities and your salary. We provide an awards program to recognize outstanding emergency management efforts. The IAEM Scholarship Program is another useful benefit for students.

18 Professional Standards IAEM offers an accreditation program for individuals, the Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) program. IAEM also supports the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) by NEMA (organization of U.S. state-level programs) and has several members on the EMAP Commission. EMAP is a voluntary national accreditation process for state and local emergency management programs. For more information, visit

19 Certified Emergency Manager ® CEM ® … The ultimate credential in emergency management Internationally recognized Increased credibility Professional identity Career recognition Enhanced career planning

20 CEM ® Program Highlights Nearly 549 CEM ® s are currently certified, with more than 3,200 currently enrolled. We have CEM ® s from multiple disciplines, including fire, police, medical, PW, education… The program was developed with input from FEMA, ICMA, ASPA, APWA, and others. We have CEM ® s from the private and public sector…and from the military.

21 CEM ® Requirements Emergency management experience (3 years minimum) Participation in an actual disaster or exercise Professional references Education – 4-year BA or BS degree Training – 100 hours in EM training AND 100 hours in general management training Contributions to the profession (minimum of 6) Comprehensive emergency management essay Multiple-choice exam

22 AEM ® Program Same requirements as the CEM ® program… EXCEPT, applicants are not required to have a baccalaureate degree.

23 IAEM Scholarship Program The mission of the IAEM Scholarship Program is to assist the profession by identifying and developing students with the intellect and technical skills that can advance and enhance emergency management. IAEMs goal is to raise $100,000 to fund scholarship awards to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in an accredited college program pursuing a degree that includes EM courses. Support the future of emergency management.

24 IAEM Scholarship Program First Scholarship Awarded at the 2001 Annual Meeting (November 2001). Four Scholarships were Awarded in 2002, Three in 2003 and 2006, Five in 2004 and 2005.

25 IAEM Annual Conference IAEM 55 th Annual Conference & Exhibit November 11-14, 2007 Reno, NV

26 Contact Information Write:IAEM Headquarters 201 Park Washington Court Falls Church, VA Phone: Fax: Website:


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