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POSTED: December 29, 2007 5:02 a.m.
The Georgia Emergency Management Agency recently received a major distinction from the national Emergency Management Accreditation Program.
EMAP officially accredited GEMA and the state’s system of preparedness and response, putting Georgia in very exclusive company.
The national program is a voluntary accreditation process for state, territorial and local government programs that coordinate preparedness and response activities for natural and man-made disasters ranging from tornadoes to terrorism. 
The EMAP process evaluates emergency management programs on compliance with requirements in 15 functional areas including: planning, resource management, training, exercises, evaluations and corrective actions, and communications and warning.
Currently, there are only 16 EMAP accredited states and three local jurisdictions in the nation.
“GEMA’s accreditation places Georgia in an elite group,” Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue. “By meeting the stringent national emergency management program standards, Georgia has demonstrated its national leadership in emergency preparedness efforts.”
GEMA was the lead agency responsible for ensuring the state’s accreditation, which included a rigorous program of evaluation, documentation and on-site assessment by an independent team to demonstrate that it met stringent national standards. Accreditation is valid for five years.
“We appreciate this recognition,” GEMA Director Charley English said, “and will continue to work with our local partners in providing the highest level of service to our citizens.”
 

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