MSU Receives Emergency Management Accreditation

October 26, 2017

Michigan State University became the 5th Institution of Higher Education in the world and only the second program in Michigan (behind the State of Michigan) to be accredited in Emergency Management by the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP). 

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EMAP accreditation, based on the American National Standard Institute's (ANSI) Emergency Management Standard and demonstrates an institution’s excellence in:

  • Responding to crisis and disasters;
  • Identifying opportunities to mitigate risk and prevent loss; and
  • Establishing continuity of operations and recovery strategies for various crisis or disasters

This multi-year accreditation process put MSU’s planning, training, and exercising programs to the test for preparedness against a multitude of hazards, such as:

  • Fire/hazardous material release
  • Public health emergencies
  • Active shooter situations
  • Severe weather (tornado, wind storm, ice storm, blizzard, wind chill)
  • Flooding
  • Power outages

Membership on this team included multiple units and divisions within MSU, including the Office of Environmental Health and Safety. Community partners such as Ingham County Emergency Management and the city of East Lansing Fire Department were also members of the EMAP team.