UNM Emergency Manager Byron Piatt has received his Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) credential, the highest designation of professional achievement that is available from the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM).

Candidates must successfully complete an extensive credentials package, a management essay and a written examination. The credentials requirements include experience, references, education, training and contributions to the profession. The management essay requires respondents to submit a response to a scenario they might fact while fulfilling emergency management responsibilities. The emergency management certification program was developed by IAEM with funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and guidance from an advisory board.

In addition to his work as the UNM Emergency Manager, Piatt is also commander of the Disaster Medical Assistance Team, which was founded at UNM.  The team is part of a national program that provides medical teams to national and international emergencies.  The DMAT was last deployed in response to the earthquake in Haiti.

UNM has an extensive Emergency Management Program. Dozens of administrators and staff members complete FEMA training each year, and routinely practice emergency responses to on campus emergencies. Siren tests each semester are a part of the emergency training activities at UNM. 

"I am very proud of the emergency preparedness work and training that we've done here at UNM," Piatt says. "A lot of the CEM credentialing process was documenting our efforts to date."

Media contact: Karen Wentworth (505) 277-5627; e-mail: kwent2@unm.edu