Essay about The International Association Of Emergency Managers

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The International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) started as the U.S. Civil Defense Council in 1952, in 1985 the name was changed to the National Coordinating Council on Emergency Management, and in 1997, with the goal of becoming an international organization, the name was changed yet again to what it is today (IAEM, “History”). IAEM describes themselves as “a non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting the ‘Principles of Emergency Management’ and representing those professionals whose goals are saving lives and protecting property and the environment during emergencies and disasters” and their mission “is to serve its members by providing information, networking and professional opportunities and to advance the emergency management profession” (IAEM, “About IAEM”). Several issues surrounding the roles of emergency managers and the professionalism of the field have been brought up. “Discussions within the profession indicated a need for greater clarity about the role and nature of emergency management” (Waugh, 2007, p. 15); and as Richard Sylves stated in 2005 “emergency management continues to have such a weakly defined self-identity that it continues to be poorly understood by policy makers and the public” (Waugh, 2007, p. 321). IAEM has worked alongside other organizations, and on behalf of its members, to change these views, creating ‘core principles’ and standards, giving the field of emergency management the professional image it has earned…

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