Benefits of Professional Association Memberships

I recently renewed my IAEM membership.

by Eric Holdeman / January 9, 2020

The International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) is the largest professional association of emergency managers in the world. I'm trying to remember when it "became" international, likely in the 1990s. Phyllis Mann, now retired Kitsap County, Wash., Emergency Management director, was one of the IAEM presidents in that era.

I renewed my membership earlier this month, and today my IAEM Region X president, Sarah Miller, sent me an email with the information below. My purpose for sharing it here is to encourage you, especially newbies, to the discipline of emergency management to join your state association if you have one and then also IAEM if you have the financial means to do so.

The message from Sarah: 

I recently received the list of people who renewed their IAEM membership. Thank you for staying! I want to make sure you’re taking full advantage of everything IAEM has to offer. Some of this information is fairly new, so be sure to take a look.

  • Make sure you are subscribed to the region communications. To do this, login to your IAEM account, click your name in the top left corner, and this will take you to the Membership Dashboard. Click the “Update my Communication Preferences” link. Here you can select all the types of communication you wish to receive. Since this is a member driven organization, I strongly encourage you to subscribe to the Council and Regional Communications lists, since that’s the only way we have to communicate with you! The Bulletin and eDispatch are great resources and the Government Affairs update provides timely information about pending legislation that can affect everyone in our field. Be sure and click Submit at the bottom when you’re done!
  • Consider joining a committee or caucus. Committees work to advance the goals of IAEM-USA, while caucuses are focused on shared interests of their members. People tend to get the most value out of IAEM by joining a Caucus.  For instance, you might be interested in the Transportation Caucus. You can find the complete list at
  • Participate in region meetings (phone conferences or meetups at other conferences). This gives you a chance to get to know other members in Region 10. We’ll be having a web-based meeting later this spring, so watch for information on that. 
  • Lastly, there’s a student caucus under development, along with a Small And Rural Agencies Caucus. 
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