Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP)

  • The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) is nationally accredited by the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP).
  • The State of Tennessee's emergency management program, under the leadership of TEMA, was originally accredited in 2007, with reaccreditation in 2013 and in May of 2019.
  • The Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) is an independent corporation that evaluates state and local emergency management programs. EMAP is supported by the National Emergency Managers' Association (NEMA) headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky.
  • There are 64 standards in the 2018 "EMAP Standards" for accreditation and EMAP commission rules state that no standard may be failed.
  • Tennessee was one of only 13 states that were nationally accredited in 2007; and in 2010 Tennessee was one of 26 states that are accredited.  
  • The process to become accredited took two and a half years. Accredited programs annually report changes and validate meeting EMAP standards. An EMAP Assessment team will return to the state in 2024 for external reassessment.