Providenciales, 16 Sept 2015 – The Turks and Caicos Islands Government, through the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME), has applied for Accreditation of its Emergency Management System through the Emergency Management Accreditation Program also known as (EMAP). The assessment program commenced on September 14 and will be completed on September 18th.
EMAP is an independent non-profit organization that aims to efficiently and effectively strengthen disaster preparedness measures and response capabilities. Upon successful completion, an accredited Emergency Management Program should have the following elements: prevention, preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery.
It is the expectation of the DDME that conducting this assessment and seeking to adhere to EMAP Standards will further strengthen the institutional and operational capacity of the department and TCIG. With this expectation, the DDME aims to be the second territory outside of the United States and Canada to be granted international accreditation for its Disaster Management Programme.