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International Disaster Recovery Association
The International Disaster Recovery Association, (IDRA). Established in 1989, IDRA is the premiere association dedicated to the voice, data & image telecommunications aspects of Contingency Planning, Business Resumption & Continuation and Disaster Avoidance, Mitigation, Recovery & Restoration. All of the above are considered to be under the Telecommunications Disaster Recovery umbrella. IDRA's "Disaster Recovery" domain includes telecommunications equipment, networks, security, infrastructure, notification & warning systems, policies, procedures & job descriptions, audits, exercises, alternate sites, back-up electric power and other related topics.


International Critical Incident Stress Foundation
The International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Inc. (ICISF) is a non-profit, open membership foundation dedicated to the prevention and mitigation of disabling stress through the provision of: education, training and support services for all emergency services professions; continuing education and training in emergency mental health services for psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and licensed professional counselors; and consultation in the establishment of crisis and disaster response programs for varied organizations and communities worldwide.

International City/County Management Association
ICMA is the premier organization of professional local government leaders building sustainable communities to improve lives worldwide. ICMA advances professional local government worldwide. Its mission is to create excellence in local governance by developing and advancing professional management of local government. ICMA, the International City/County Management Association, provides member support; publications, data, and information; peer and results-oriented assistance; and training and professional development to more than 9,000 city, town, and county experts and other individuals and organizations throughout the world. The management decisions made by ICMA's members affect 185 million individuals living in thousands of communities, from small villages and towns to large metropolitan areas. ICMA's mission is to create excellence in local governance by developing and fostering professional local government management worldwide.


National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians
Formed in 1975 and more than 30,000 members strong, the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) is the nation's only organization solely dedicated to representing the professional interests of all EMS practitioners, including paramedics, emergency medical technicians, first responders and other professionals working in pre-hospital emergency medicine. NAEMT members work in all sectors of EMS, including government service agencies, fire departments, hospital-based ambulance services, private companies, industrial and special operations settings, and in the military.

National Association of EMS Physicians
The National Association of EMS Physicians® is an organization of physicians and other professionals partnering to provide leadership and foster excellence in out of hospital emergency medical services. In 1984, insightful emergency medical service leaders from a cross-section of the U.S. came together to form a new organization for the EMS physician responsible for medical care in the out-of-hospital setting. Their vision was to create a peer group organization which would serve as a resource and advocate for the EMS physicians and other EMS personnel. In the following months, a National Steering Committee and Advisory Board, comprised of well-known academic and community leaders in out-of-hospital care, established the groundwork for the National Association of EMS Physicians®(NAEMSP®).

National Association for Search and Rescue
The National Association for Search and Rescue, Inc., (NASAR) is a not-for-profit membership association dedicated to advancing professional, literary, and scientific knowledge in fields related to search and rescue. It is comprised of thousands of paid and non-paid professionals interested in all aspects of search and rescue, - the humanitarian cause of saving lives -  throughout the United States and around the world. "...that others may live." Response to persons in distress has long been an honorable, charitable tradition. The professionals in search and rescue have carried on this tradition of helping others by dedication time, information, skills, equipment and funding to the relief of suffering. NASAR is actively working toward the development of improved coordination and communications among federal, state, local, and volunteer groups. Their primary goal is to develop and provide professional training and certification programs for search and rescue communities.

National Emergency Management Association
The National Emergency Management Association is a professional association of and for emergency management directors from all 50 states, eight territories and the District of Columbia. They provide national leadership and expertise in comprehensive emergency management; serve as a vital emergency management information and assistance resource; and advance continuous improvement in emergency management through strategic partnerships, innovative programs and collaborative policy positions. Their primary purpose is to be the source of information, support and expertise for emergency management professionals at all levels of government and the private sector who prepare for, mitigate, respond to, recover from and provide products and services for all emergencies, disasters and threats to the nation's security.

The National Defense Industrial Association
The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) is a Defense Industry association promoting national security. NDIA is proud to provide a legal and ethical forum for the exchange of information between Industry and Government on National Security issues. Their members foster the development of innovative and superior equipment, training and support for US warfighters and first responders through their divisions, local chapters, affiliated associations and events.

National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
The National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (NCPTSD) was created in 1989 within the Department of Veterans Affairs in response to a Congressional mandate (PL 98-528) to address the needs of veterans with military-related posttraumatic stress disorder. It is the center of excellence for research & education on the prevention, understanding, and treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. They have seven divisions across the country. Although they provide no direct clinical care, their purpose is to improve the well-being and understanding of American veterans. They conduct cutting edge research and apply resultant findings to: "Advance Science and Promote Understanding of Traumatic Stress."

National Environmental Health Association
The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) had its origins in the state of California where it was incorporated in 1937. The original impetus behind the creation of a national professional society for environmental health practitioners was the desire by professionals of that day to establish a standard of excellence for this developing profession. This standard, which has come to be known as the Registered Environmental Health Specialist or Registered Sanitarian credential, signifies that an environmental health professional has mastered a body of knowledge (which is verified through the passing of an examination), and has acquired sufficient experience, to satisfactorily perform work responsibilities in the environmental health field. The pioneers of the association believed that such a credential was necessary if the environmental health field was to grow and take shape as a legitimate and widely respected profession. Its mission, "to advance the environmental health and protection professional for the purpose of providing a healthful environment for all" is as relevant today as it was when the organization was founded.

National Emergency Number Association
As "The Voice of 9-1-1™", NENA is on the forefront of all emergency communications issues. The association serves its members and the greater public safety community as the only professional organization solely focused on 9-1-1 policy, technology, operations, and education issues. With more than 7,000 members in 48 chapters across the United States and around the globe, NENA promotes the implementation and awareness of 9-1-1, as well as international three-digit emergency communications systems.

Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research
The Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER) is a national center of excellence dedicated to the discovery and development of new knowledge, tools and technologies that equip communities to become more disaster resilient in the face of earthquakes and other extreme events. It accomplishes this through a system of multidisciplinary, multi-hazard research, in tandem with complimentary education and outreach initiatives. Headquartered at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, MCEER was originally established by the National Science Foundation in 1986, as the first National Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (NCEER). In 1998, it became known as the Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER), from which the current name, MCEER, evolved.