The Kansas Emergency Management Association (KEMA) represents its members who make up the professional Emergency Management community of Kansas.
Douglas County Emergency Management Director Teri Smith Receives IAEM Clayton Christopher Award
Douglas County Emergency Management Director Teri Smith has been awarded the highest honor for a local emergency manager by the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) - the Clayton Christopher Award. This award is given to an active local emergency manager in recognition of unselfish devotion and outstanding contributions to the profession of emergency management.
Photo caption: Left to right: Lanita Lloyd, CEM, IAEM-USA Region 4 President; Rocky Lopes, Ph.D., IAEM Awards Chair; and Teri Smith, CEM, IAEM-USA Region 7 President. Ms. Smith, Director, Douglas County (Kan.) Emergency Management, was selected to receive the 2013 Clayton R. Christopher Memorial Award by a panel of judges that included representatives from both the IAEM-USA Awards Committee and IAEM-USA Region 4, the original award sponsors. The award announcement and presentation took place during the IAEM 2013 Annual Conference.
Video - 12 Days of Preparedness
Cowley County Emergency Management has tried something new this year. We ventured into the world of YouTube and created a video. This is a take-off of the 12 Days of Christmas which is titled, “12 Days of Preparedness”. The video is just over 6 minutes long, but please take a moment to view it. A lot of coordination, time and effort from a lot people went into the making of this video.
You can view the video by clicking on this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywyE-pf44Og
The November 2013 issue of the KEMA Perspective newsletter is now online. View it here. Contents include: Conference photos, conference wrap-up information, scholarship updates, award winners, and more!
Our Mission, Values & Goals
Mission: Kansas Emergency Management Association is a network of leaders dedicated to providing excellence in emergency management for Kansas.
Values: Among the membership and within the emergency management community in Kansas, KEMA is committed to:
- Professionalism: KEMA promotes excellence.
- Teamwork: KEMA fosters communication and cooperation.
- Responsiveness: KEMA solicits input and active participation.
- Leadership: KEMA advocates for progressive growth.
Goals: To fulfill its mission, KEMA will strive:
- To advance the professional growth of members through the development, provision, and promotion of training and professional standards.
- To provide recognition for excellence in emergency management.
- To provide opportunities for exchanging ideas and sharing lessons learned from emergency management activities.
- KEMA will strive to promote the profession of EM and a culture of preparedness
- To serve as partner to the Kansas Division of Emergency Management to improve the overall preparedness of Kansas Counties and advise on local emergency management issues.
- To influence public policy on emergency management through an advocacy process at the federal, state and local levels.
- To coordinate the efforts and plans of this association with other organizations having common interests.
- To promote the Principles of Emergency Management (POEM) as the benchmark of emergency management practice.
KEMA offers networking opportunities among local emergency managers as well as opportunities to interact with state and national emergency management professionals and other affiliated individuals, governmental agencies and interested private groups.
Partner organizations include many federal agencies as well as private industry groups such as the Partnership for Emergency Planning.