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Mission Statement

To serve the emergency management community by providing information, professional development, and networking through state and local agencies, private industries, and volunteer organizations to advance the emergency management profession.

Award Nomination Criteria

Director of the Year
  • Director may be paid or volunteer

  • Held the director position for a minimum of 4 years

  • Be nominated by elected officials, EMA volunteers, EMA staff, or other public safety officials

  • Demonstrated leadership qualities

  • Member of SCEMA for at least 2 years in good standing

  • Attends at least 70% of all area meetings

  • Attends SCEMA workshops

Volunteer/Citizen
of the Year
  • Involved in disaster preparedness, mitigation, response, or recovery 

  • Does NOT have official role in an emergency management organization 
    (e.g. teacher, commissioner, mayor, etc.)

  • Promotes and supports local or state emergency management

Agency of the Year
  • Recognized EMA office 

  • Compliant and in good standing with SCEMA

  • Comprised of at least one individual who has been a SCEMA member for at least 2 years

  • Made significant improvement(s) or difference in their community to mitigate, respond to, or recover from a disaster

Amateur Radio Operator of the Year
  • Licensed Amateur Radio Operator in good standing with the FCC

  • Contributed to the success of the emergency management profession or specific emergency management organization

  • Demonstrates a willingness to help others acquire their radio license

Outstanding Contribution to the Profession of the Year
  • Acted beyond the call of ordinary

  • Contribution(s) is well documented which could include photos, newspaper articles, web articles, or videos. 

  • May be affiliated either as a volunteer or paid staff member of an emergency management organization

  • SCEMA member in good standing for at least 1 year

  • Holds an outstanding record on mission participation