The National Emergency Management Association


The National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) association dedicated to enhancing public safety by improving the nation's ability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from all emergencies, disasters, and threats to our nation's security. NEMA is the professional association of and for emergency management directors from all 50 states, eight U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.

NEMA provides national leadership and expertise in comprehensive emergency management; serves as a vital emergency management information and assistance resource; and advances continuous improvement in emergency management through strategic partnerships, innovative programs, and collaborative policy positions.

Mission/Vision

NEMA focuses on six areas:
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Strengthen the relationship with Congress and federal agencies

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Develop strategic partnerships with key organizations and individuals who impact emergency management

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Tackle emergency management issues through our pro-active committees

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Hold two national conferences annually that bring together the most knowledgeable speakers
and emergency management professionals from around the country

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Serve as an information-sharing and support network for state directors and senior staff

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Offer professional development and training so that emergency management professionals
may continue honing their skills

Strategic Plan

NEMA embraces a 5-year strategic plan that enables the association to achieve our vision as the national leader in advancing the emergency management profession and programs. 

Goals:

  1. Support the professionalization of emergency management.
  2. Strengthen the nation’s emergency management system.
  3. Support effective emergency management policy development and adoption.
  4. Ensure the ongoing growth, evolution, effectiveness and influence of NEMA. 

The NEMA Board of Directors reviews the strategic plan annually and updates the document as needed for approval by the membership.   

Successful achievement of the NEMA strategic plan goals and objectives requires the support and engagement of all our members.  We’re grateful for the willingness, collaboration, and innovation of the dedicated individuals of this great association. 

Leadership

NEMA Officers

President .............. Ms. Sima Merick (OH)
Vice President ........Ms. Erica Bornemann (VT)
Treasurer ..............Mr. Robert Ezelle (WA)
Secretary ..............Mr. Bill Hackett (CT)
Past President ........Mr. Brad Richy (ID)

NEMA Regional Vice Presidents

Region I ................Mr. Marc Pappas (RI)
Region II .............. Pending
Region III .............Mr. AJ Schall (DE)
Region IV ..............Mr. Patrick Sheehan (TN)
Region V ...............Ms. Alicia Tate-Nadeau (IL)
Region VI ..............Mr. Jim Waskom (LA)
Region VII ............ Mr. Bryan Tuma (NE)
Region VIII ........... Mr. Mike Willis (CO)
Region IX ............. Charles Esteves (GU)
Region X ...............Mr. Andrew Phelps (OR)

NEMA Committee Chairs

Past Presidents ......................Mr. Mike Sprayberry (NC)
Legislative ............................Mr. A.J. Gary (AR)
Resilience .............................Mr. Russ Strickland (MD)
Resilience .............................Mr. Mike Dossett (KY)
Response & Recovery .............Ms. Angee Morgan (KS)
EMAC ...................................Ms. Joyce Flinn (IA)
Homeland Security ................Mr. Brian Hastings (AL)
Private Sector .......................Mrs. Shandi Treloar, EM Strategies LLC
Legal Counsel .......................Ms. Brenda Bergeron (CT)