State EM Associations

Committee Chair:
Justin Kates, CEM, iaem.R1@iaem.com

Committee Vice Chair
pending selection

Board Liaison:
Brad Gilbert, OCEM, IAEM-USA Region 5 President, iaem.R5@iaem.com

Staff Liaison:
Olivia Galinis, olivia@iaem.com

Purpose Statement

The purpose of the IAEM-USA State EM Associations Ad Hoc Committee is to support the IAEM-USA mission of providing networking opportunities for leaders of state-level emergency management associations and advancing the profession of emergency management.

Committee Goals

  • Expand legislative and regulatory dialogue, contacts and information exchange for all disciplines and levels of government.
  • Enhance networking opportunities for members.
  • Support and facilitate the professional development of emergency management professionals.
  • Support and facilitate the professional development of emergency management programs.
  • Leave no practicing emergency manager or program wanting for representation.
  • Engage in active and meaningful partnerships with organizations that have similar or complimentary goals with IAEM-USA.
  • Provide relevant and valued products and services for diverse member audiences.
  • Build demand for services, and build services that are in demand.
  • Shape policies and procedures that can serve as standards for the profession.

Membership Policy

To be an official member of the IAEM-USA State EM Associations Ad Hoc Committee, as reported to the IAEM-USA Board, an individual must be a member of IAEM-USA in good standing. IAEM-USA members interested in participating in this caucus should email the caucus staff liaison and tell them how you can contribute to or learn from this committee's important work.


  • Approval from IAEM-USA Board (19 May 2016) Based on the findings of our mini-survey a few weeks ago (click here to view the report), the IAEM-USA Board of Directors approved formation of an IAEM-USA State EM Ad Hoc Committee within the association, and allocated staff support to help establish a network of state EM association leadership across the country. Please contact Alex J. Hammerle, chair, at ajhammerle@sanfordmaine.org.


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