The National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) association dedicated to enhancing public safety by improving the nation's ability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from all emergencies, disasters, and threats to our nation's security. NEMA is the professional association of and for emergency management directors from all 50 states, eight U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. NEMA provides national leadership and expertise in comprehensive emergency management; serves as a vital emergency management information and assistance resource; and advances continuous improvement in emergency management through strategic partnerships, innovative programs, and collaborative policy positions.
NEMA began in 1974 when state directors of emergency services first united to exchange information on common emergency management issues that threatened their constituencies.
Since then, NEMA has grown and captured the attention of the president, Congress, governors, federal agencies, major corporations, the military, and other government-representative organizations. NEMA serves as 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.
To accomplish this goal, NEMA focuses on six areas:
- Strengthen the relationship with Congress and federal agencies
- Develop strategic partnerships with key organizations and individuals who impact emergency management
- Tackle emergency management issues through our pro-active committees
- Hold two national conferences annually that bring together the most knowledgeable speakers and emergency management professionals from around the country
- Serve as an information-sharing and support network for state directors and senior staff
- Offer professional development and training so that emergency management professionals may continue honing their skills.
|NEMA provides training to EM professionals,including presentations and information sessions.|
The state directors of emergency management are the core membership of NEMA. Membership categories also exist for key state staff, homeland security advisors, federal agencies, nonprofit organizations, private sector companies, and concerned individuals.
In 1990 NEMA became an affiliate organization of The Council of State Governments (CSG). CSG supports NEMA in its goals to provide an information and support network among state directors of emergency management and to casino interface with other national and regional organizations involved in emergency management and state government policy in general. The CSG–NEMA partnership recognizes the commitment by both parties to the mutual advancement of their respective agendas to promote the role of the state in our federal system of government and to foster excellence in the functions of government.