New York (STL.News) Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management achieved accreditation through New York’s Local Emergency Management Accreditation Program. Nassau County is the 12themergency management organization to achieve accreditation, joining Albany, Broome, Erie, Livingston, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida, Saratoga, Washington, and Wayne counties, as well as New York City.
“No matter how big a disaster may end up being, all emergencies begin with the local response, and this accreditation program ensures our responders have the tools they need to protect the public,” Governor Cuomo said. “Having a response strategy before disaster strikes is half the battle when it comes to public safety. I commend Nassau County for its achievement and encourage others to follow suit so we can continue to build on the success of this important program.”
Proposed by Governor Cuomo during the 2017 State of the State the program is the nation’s first accreditation at the state level for local emergency management agencies. Developed in partnership with the New York State Emergency Management Association, the accreditation program highlights and promotes local emergency management agencies in New York State.
To become accredited, a locality must meet a series of standards and best practices which promote a coordinated and integrated approach to emergency management. Localities must also engage “whole community” stakeholders, including government and private partners, and consider those who may require specific attention during an emergency or disaster such as the homeless, the elderly, or disabled individuals.
The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services administers the program on behalf of the Local Emergency Management Accreditation Council, which serves as the governing body for the program. Accreditation is valid for five years, with an opportunity to obtain reaccreditation after the five-year period.