COLUMBIA, SC (WCBD) – The state’s Emergency Management Division has been granted full, national accreditation by the Emergency Management Accreditation Program.
This national certification program examined the state’s ability to respond to and prepare for disasters, something the entire state of South Carolina is no stranger to.
The South Carolina Emergency Management Division, or SCEMD, was first accredited in 2008 and reaccredited in 2013.
“SCEMD staff have worked diligently to continuously improve our capabilities to respond to disasters,” said SCEMD’s director, Kim Stenson. “It is important that we maintain this accredited status because it shows our commitment to protect the lives and property of South Carolina residents.”
This process, according to a press release Thursday, has involved all of Team South Carolina, including partner state agencies and local emergency managers.
“There is not a better team in existence in the United State than what we have right here in South Carolina,” said Governor Henry McMaster.
The Emergency Management Accreditation Program sets national standards for all aspects of a qualified emergency management program.
SCEMD’s abilities to plan for a disaster, to reduce the impacts of a crisis, and to assist in the state’s recovery from devastation have all been rigorously examined to ensure 64 national standards are met by the Division.
The accreditation program is a voluntary process for state, territorial and local government programs that coordinate preparedness and response activities for disasters, both natural and man-made.
It recognizes the ability of a state or local government to bring together personnel, resources and communications from a variety of agencies and organizations in preparation for and in response to an emergency.
It is the only accreditation process for state and local emergency management preparedness.
South Carolina is one of 36 states with a nationally accredited emergency management system.