Homeland Security and Emergency Services


The Assessors are responsible for conducting the on-site reviews and associated document reviews as part of the accreditation process. They also produce reports for review and approval by the Accreditation Council. State and local emergency management professionals serve as the Assessors and need to meet specific qualifications and successfully complete training provided by DHSES. To the extent possible, Assessors will not be assigned EMOs within their DHSES or NYSEMA region.

Assessments depend greatly on the credibility, independence, and objectivity of the Assessors. Additionally, those conducting the assessments need to adhere to a high degree of professionalism and attest to their observations and recommendations.

The New York Emergency Management Accreditation Program (Program) uses a cadre of Assessors to conduct the on-site reviews associated with the Program.

The optimal qualifications for Assessors include:

  • At least seven years of emergency management experience, preferably at the State or local level;

  • Experience in at least one (1) actual emergency operation in which the emergency plan was implemented and participation in an activated emergency operations center;

  • Experience with at least one (1) Federally Declared Disaster;

  • Participation in at least one (1) multi-operational period emergency operation or full-scale exercise event in the last calendar year;

  • Some degree of experience in all phases of emergency management (preparedness, response, recovery, mitigation);

  • Must be available for at least one (1) assessment each calendar year;

  • Able to provide two (2) references regarding his or her qualifications from an emergency management director or equivalent;

  • Have no conflict of interest as regards to any aspect of the Program that might prevent objective review and assessment of an applicant program;

  • Satisfactory completion of the training course required to serve as an assessor for the accreditation program.

The Accreditation Council will make the final decision on the selection of which individuals will serve as Assessors. Emergency management professionals in New York State are encouraged to apply but an application does not guarantee selection. Efforts will be made to select the most qualified candidates based on the pool of applicants, but the Accreditation Council will have the final say and ultimate discretion in this regard.

If you are interested in becoming an Assessor, please complete the Assessor Application Form and email it and a copy of your resume to: EMaccreditation@dhses.ny.gov. Please contact Terry Hastings at 518-242-5163 if you have any questions.

Note: The Assessor positions are unpaid, but DHSES will cover any necessary travel, lodging, and per-diem costs associated with the on-site review.