EMAP Accreditation

The City of Jacksonville Emergency Preparedness Division is the first locally accredited (2005) and re-accredited (2010) emergency management program in the world. This accreditation from the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) signifies that Jacksonville has the necessary processes and plans in place to be prepared for disasters. Jacksonville is at the forefront of the emergency management community, and this award echoes that we are not just ready, we are JaxReady!

StormReady Community

A National Weather Service program, StormReady is a nationwide community preparedness initiative that uses a grassroots approach to help communities develop plans to handle all types of severe weather. StormReady communities are better prepared to save lives and property through advanced planning, communication, education and awareness. Emergency managers are provided with clear guidelines on how to improve their hazardous weather operations.  

To be recognized as a StormReady community, a community must:
  • Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center
  • Have more than one way to receive severe weather warnings and forecasts and to alert the public
  • Create a system that monitors weather conditions locally
  • Promote the importance of public readiness through community seminars
  • Develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises