Emergency Management

  • Beaver Dam Flood, 2010, David Bly, Desert Valley Times
  • Highway 89 Collapse, Photo courtesy by ADOT
  • Havasupai Rescue, Photo credit NPS


The Division of Emergency Management coordinates the State of Arizona’s emergency preparedness, response and recovery efforts in order to reduce the impact of emergencies and disaster on people and property in the Whole Community.

Emergency Management works under the broad authority of the Arizona Revised Statutes Title 26 Military Affairs and Emergency Management, Chapter 2; and the Arizona Administrative Code, Title 8.

The Division of Emergency Management is divided into four (4) sections: Grants Administration, Preparedness,  Operations and Coordination. Each section is further broken down into operational branches whose staffs work in support of the DEMA mission to provide emergency management capabilities to the citizens of Arizona and the Nation. The Division organizational chart may be viewed here.

In 2020, the State of Arizona was reaccredited by the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) Commission. DEMA was first accredited by EMAP in 2004 and was reaccredited in 2009 and 2015. Reaccreditation lasts for five years.


 DEMA challenge coin

Our Vision

The Division of Emergency Management’s vision is to be the standard in Emergency Management by engaging and supporting our partners and stakeholders in creating safer communities through the following four areas:

Ready: Stand ready to assist through an all-hazards approach to an emergency-related incident or event.

Reliable: Meet commitments and exceed expectations by providing consistent support through unity of collaboration and effort.

Responsive: Respond quickly and effectively to dynamic situations and changing demands through consistent and innovative approaches.

Resolved: Commitment to safety and resilience by coming together as a community to effectively accomplish any challenging situation.


Help create a better prepared Community. Visit your county's emergency management website for local emergency information and preparedness resources.


Emergency Management Division Director, Allen Clark
Director, Division of Emergency Management