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Disaster Preparedness The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing

UT Austin selected to participate in Pilot Accreditation Initiative for Higher Education Emergency Preparedness: August 2011

LEXINGTON, KY: The emergency preparedness and response systems of four Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) have been selected for a pilot assessment by the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP). “EMAP is looking at the whole enterprise of emergency management; building quality programs across the country and it is imperative to not forget the approximately 20 million students at over 6,000 college and university campuses across the nation,” LTC Jerome Hatfield, Chairperson, EMAP Commission and Deputy Superintendent of Homeland Security for New Jersey State Police.

Appalachian State University Emergency Plans & Operations in Boone, North Carolina; Idaho State University Emergency Operations in Pocatello, Idaho; MIT Emergency Management in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the University of Texas in Austin, Texas have been granted approval from the EMAP Commission to undergo an EMAP Institutions of Higher Education pilot assessment.

The EMAP Higher Education pilot assessment includes a cross section of campuses of all sizes and configurations and provides hands on training and guidance for campus ‘assessment leads’ and teams. The final assessment report would give emergency managers at the pilot schools and their stakeholders the opportunity to assess the benefits of becoming “accredited” against the effort that would be required.
Press Release, May 201 - Visit EMAP Website.