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NEMA, the professional association of emergency management directors from all 50 states, eight territories, and the District of Columbia, is the source of information, support, and expertise for people like you - emergency management professionals at all levels of government and the private sector who prepare for, mitigate, respond to, recover from, and provide products and services for all emergencies, disasters, and threats to the nation’s security.


NEMA membership is open to everyone who has a role in emergency management.  Membership benefits include: 

  • Access to Research and Policy Initatives
  • Legislative Activities & Support
  • Discounted Fees for Products & Services
  • Access to Member-Only Website Areas
  • Educational Opportunities
  • Peer Networking
  • Committee Access
Click "Become a Member" to start the registration process. If you do not already have a NEMA account you will be required to create one before you can continue.

Are you looking for a career in emergency management ?  Visit the NEMA Career Center!  

Job postings are at no cost to NEMA members; a fee applies for non-members.

NEMA's Leadership in Emergency Management

  • Policy and Research +

    NEMA's award winning research and policy analysis provides information that is only available by NEMA such as information on state emergency management agencies (organizational structure, salaries, staffing, job descriptions, and more).  

    NEMA's publications include the NEMA Biennial Report and the State Director Annual Survey. 

    Image Source: 2014 NEMA Biennial Report

  • Government Relations +

    NEMA proactively works on current emergency management related issues, Congressional activities, bill analyses, legislative reports, and more, to provide clear and concise information to our membership. 

    NEMA has partnered with IAEM to ensure the Emergency Management Performance Grants (EMPG) Program remain at steady state funding  

  • NEMA's Membership +

    NEMA's membership includes state and local government personnel, federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, private sector, and individuals who work in emergency management.  This diversity allows NEMA to engage in issues that span all sectors: private, federal, and public.

  • Member Dashboard +

    The login landing page is where you can view the NEMA Library, the calendar of events, and quick links.

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Membership Benefits

Membership in NEMA is open to all who play a role in emergency management from local, state, and federal government; the private sector; and the academic community.  Learn more about why you should join NEMA by viewing NEMA's Membership Benefits.



NEMA Forums

Held twice a year, the NEMA Leadership and Policy Forums provide the venue to work collaboratively on current issues that affect the emergency management community. Members receive discounts on registration and exhibits.

Legislative Activities

NEMA is a recognized source of information on state emergency management - providing comments and testimony to Congress on issues of national importance.  

Staff Support

With offices in Washington DC and Lexington, KY, NEMA's staff works closely with Congress, FEMA, DHS, stakeholder organizations, and the emegency management community to provide expert support on all issues.

  • Focusing in on specific emergency managment and homeland security issues
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  • NEMA's DC Office provides a critical link to Congress and other stakeholders in emergency management
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  • NEMA collects and analyzes data on emergency management that is not availble anywhere else
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Emergency Management Assistance Compact

NEMA administers the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, a nationally adopted mutual aid agreement between states.  Governance of EMAC is through NEMA's membership, the Directors of the State Emergency Management Agencies.  Learn more about EMAC by watching this short video. 

Visit the EMAC website to learn more.

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