Training Policies

Cost & Reimbursements:
MEMA courses offered during the year are provided at no cost to the attendees. MEMA will pay for lodging, meals and personal vehicle mileage for those traveling more that 50 miles to the course and who are required to stay in a hotel to attend the course. Those who live within in the 50-mile limit and travel by personal vehicle are eligible only for mileage reimbursement. POV mileage will be paid at the current Federal/State rate determined by the Misissippi Department of Finance and Adminsitration. Meals or fuel will be not be reimbursed to those living within the 50-mile limit. Only one person per jurisdiction is eligible to receive mileage costs. Cost of fuel for government vehicles outside the 50-mile limit is eligible for reimbursement as long as it is bought on a private credit card.

Student Acceptance and Student Cancellations:
Students will be notified by e-mail or mail of acceptance to a class. Notification will be sent at least two weeks prior to the course. The deadline for applying to a course is two weeks prior to the start date.

Any student who is unable to attend a course, for which they have enrolled and have been accepted, must notify the Training Department five working days before the course begins. Failure to notify MEMA of a cancellation will result in the student not being selected to attend the next MEMA course in which they enroll. Exceptions will be made for emergencies. When a student cancels enrollment from a MEMA course, the student is also responsible for canceling their hotel reservations.

Course Cancellations:
In the event that the number of applicants for a scheduled course is insufficient to warrant holding the course, or there is an additional problem requiring cancellation, a notice of cancellation and/or rescheduling will be sent to all applicants. MEMA will make course cancellation decisions at least two weeks prior to the course start date unless there is an emergency requiring short notice cancellations. Students who are enrolled in a cancelled course will be notified by email, fax, letter or phone call.

Attendance Policies:
Students are required to attend all sessions of each course, seminar or workshop. Please notify the course manager if you expect to miss any class sessions. If a student is unable to attend a course for which he/she has been accepted, he/she must cancel prior to the course start date. All hotel reservation cancellations are the responsibility of the student.