NEMA Membership

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. Member category descriptions and dues are listed below. If you have questions regarding which category is most appropriate for you or your organization, please contact us.

Membership Benefits


Peer Networking

NEMA offers its members numerous opportunities to share and discuss best practices and partner on common issues.

Educational Opportunities

Through workshops, publications, and online tools, NEMA offers high-quality learning opportunities to its membership.

Committee Engagement

NEMA has committees for every aspect of emergency management. State members make up the voting bodies of each committee, with one non-voting seat reserved for a liaison from the private sector. Private sector liaisons are appointed by the Private Sector committee chair. LEARN MORE

NEMA’s Policy & Leadership Forum

NEMA holds two national conferences per year. The NEMA Mid-Year Forum is held in early spring in the Washington, D.C. area. The NEMA Annual Forum is held in the fall in the home state of the NEMA president. LEARN MORE

Lessons Learned from Recent Disasters

NEMA offers learning opportunities to its members through a multitude of venues, including Lessons Learned workshops at its conferences.

NEMA Publications

NEMA produces award-winning research publications and informational pieces important to emergency management audiences. VIEW PUBLICATIONS

Access to Research and Policy Initiatives

Emergency management is a constantly evolving profession. Research and policy initiatives are ongoing to determine trends. NEMA produces research and informational publications important to emergency management audiences.

Legislative Activities and Support

NEMA is recognized as the best source of information on state emergency management and is asked on a regular basis to provide comment and testimony to Congress on issues of national importance. LEARN MORE

Discounted Fees for Products and Services

NEMA offers such Web-based services as merchandise, a career center, and product and service provider listings.

Access to Members-Only Areas of the Website

General information about NEMA is available to anyone. Members, however, are given access to restricted areas of the NEMA website where such proprietary information as a membership directory, policy and research papers, publications, legislative information, surveys, and bulletin boards are located.

NEMA helps companies keep current with the latest emergency management issues so that viable and relevant solutions can be developed and offered.


Every state, territory and the District of Columbia are voting members of NEMA. 
Dues for State Members are $7500 per year.

Associate membership is available to all companies, organizations and individuals in the profession of public safety.

NEMA operates on a fiscal year, July 1 through June 30. All fees are based on a full year of membership.

Please contact us for verification of category and prorated dues amount. Choose the category below which best describes your organization.

Large Corporate

  • For-profit companies, consultants, product and service providers
  • 251+ employees


  • Current, full-time city and county emergency managers, colleges, universities and military personnel. (not available to any for-profit entities, their employees or private contractors)

Small Corporate

  • For-profit companies, consultants, product and service providers
  • 1-250 employees

State Director Alumni

  • Former state emergency management directors


  • Non-profit organizations, associations, federal agencies, non-state emergency management agencies, international organizations, academic institutions


  • Available Only to
    Full-Time Students
  • Proof of enrollment required