University of Alabama EMAP Accreditation
November 13, 2015
Congratulations to the University of Alabama for achieving accreditation with the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP)! The University of Alabama is the third institute of higher education in the nation and the first in the Southeastern Conference to acquire this accreditation.
To become eligible for accreditation, the University of Alabama went through a rigorous evaluation of emergency programs and procedures. These procedures had to meet specific standards in preventing, preparing for, responding to, and recovering from emergency situations. The Emergency Management Team at the University worked with a number of campus and community stakeholders to develop the required procedures, plans, and documentation necessary for review. The plans cover a range of potential threats that could affect campus - both naturally occurring and man-caused. This is a dynamic planning and review process that the emergency management team will continue to evaluate and develop for years to come.
In keeping with the University's tradition of excellence, UA works to make the campus a safe, fun learning environment. If an emergency occurs, the University engages community partners such as Tuscaloosa County EMA and numerous first responders.
How does having this accreditation help the University and its faculty, staff, and students?
"Achieving accreditation is a milestone for a program. " said Rob Robertson, Director of Tuscaloosa County EMA, "It takes a tremendous amount of time and expertise coupled with substantial community support to make it happen."
Parents, students and staff alike need to know efforts have been made to make the learning environment as safe as possible.
To find out more information about the program, go to the EMAP website.