National Emergency Management Agency

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National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) describes itself as "a non-partisan, non-profit 501(c)(3) association dedicated to enhancing public safety by improving the nations ability to prepare for, respond to and recover from all emergencies, disasters, and threats to our nations security.

"The National Emergency Management Association began in 1974 when state directors of emergency services first united in order to exchange information on common emergency management issues that threatened their constituencies.

"Since that time, NEMA has grown and captured the attention of the President, Congress, Governors, federal agencies, major corporations, the military and other government representative organizations.

"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 with 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 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."

Source: NEMA website.

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