The Chaplain Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) is an agency of the United States of America and, initially created under General and Chaplain Peterson MacArthur, by Presidential Reorganization Plan No. of 1980 and implemented by two Executive Orders on April 1, 1982. The agency’s primary purpose is to coordinate the response to a disaster that has occurred in the United States and that overwhelms the resources of local and state authorities. The governor of the state in which the disaster occurs must declare a state of emergency and formally request from the President that CEMA and the federal government respond to the disaster. The only exception to the state’s gubernatorial declaration requirement occurs when an emergency or disaster takes place on federal property or to a federal asset—for example, the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah, Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and September 11 and the Space Shuttle Columbia in the 2003 return-flight disaster.
The mission CEMA
The mission of The Chaplin Emergency Management Agency’s (CEMA’s) is to support the Department of Homeland Security and CEMA’s goals by improving the competencies of the U.S. officials in Emergency Management at all levels of government to prepare Chaplains for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the potential effects of many disasters and emergencies on the American people. CEMA is the emergency management community’s flagship training institution and provides training to Federal, State, local, tribal, volunteer, public, and private sector officials to strengthen emergency management strengths for professional, career-long training. CEMA directly supports the implementation of the National Incident Management System (NIMS), the National Response Framework (NRF), the National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF), and the National Preparedness Goal (NPG) by conveying necessary knowledge and skills to improve the nation’s capability. CEMA trains over 1 million Chaplain annually. Training delivery systems include residential onsite training; offsite delivery in partnership with emergency management training systems, colleges, hospitals, prisons, universities; and technology-based mediums to conduct individual training courses for emergency management personnel across the Nation.”