Course Descriptions

All Hazards Emergency Planning

This course is designed for emergency management personnel who are involved in developing an effective emergency planning system. This course offers training in the fundamentals of the emergency planning process, including the rationale behind planning. Emphasis will be placed on hazard/risk analysis and planning team development. Other topics, such as Continuity of Operations (COOP), NIMS compliance, and contingency planning for areas such as Special Needs or Animal Sheltering are discussed. The Emergency Support Functions and other changes made by the National Response Plan and the State CEMP are discussed also. This is a two-day course. A final exam will be given at the end of the course for a FEMA Independent Study certificate.

Basic Public Information Officer

This three-day course is intended for the new or less experienced public information officer or PIO. Its emphasis is on the basic skills and knowledge needed for emergency management public information activities. Topics include the role of the PIO in emergency management, developing and conducting public awareness campaigns, news release writing, public speaking and television interviews.

Decision Making and Problem Solving

Being able to make decision and solve problems effectively is a necessary and vital part of the job for every emergency manager, planner, and responder. This course is designed to improve your decision-making skills. It addresses: the decision-making process, decision-making styles, attributes of an effective decision maker, and ethical decision-making and problem solving. This course is presented as a one-day course. A final exam for Independent Study Course credit will be given at the end of the course.

Developing and Managing Volunteers

This course is for emergency managers and related professionals working with all types of volunteers and coordinating with voluntary agencies. The course provides procedures and tools for building and working with voluntary organizations. Topics include: Benefits and challenges of using volunteers; building a volunteer program; writing job descriptions; developing volunteers through recruitment, placement, training, supervision, and evaluation; coordinating with voluntary agencies and community-based organizations, and special issues including spontaneous volunteers, liability, and stress. This is a one and a half day course. A final exam for Independent Study Course credit will be given at the end of the course.

MEMA 101

This is a four-hour workshop designed to give emergency management personnel an overview of NIMS and compliance, the Emergency Management Law, disaster response and recovery. This workshop is presented on a regional and/or county basis.

Donations Management Workshop

This 8 to 12 hour workshop addresses the planning considerations and operational requirements for an effective donations management system at the state and/or local level. A special emphasis is put on the importance of collaborative partnership between state /local government and voluntary agencies as the key to success in donations management.

Effective Communications

Being able to communicate effectively is a necessary and vital part of the job for every emergency manager, planner and responder. This course is designed to improve your communication skills. It addresses: basic communication skills, how to communicate in an emergency, how to identify community-specific communication issues, use of technology as a communication tool, effective oral communication and how to prepare an oral presentation. A two-day course, students will be required to give a five-minute speech on a subject of their choice. A final exam for Independent Study Course credit will be given at the end of the course.

Exercise Design and Evaluation

This course is designed to introduce you to the fundamentals of exercise design and to prepare you to design and conduct a small functional exercise for your organization. It addresses: the value of conducting exercises, the components of a comprehensive exercise program, the exercise development process and tasks, organization of the design team, exercise documentation, the steps in designing an exercise, and the evaluation process based on the Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program. Students will design an exercise based upon the community’s emergency plans and conduct a functional exercise at the end of the class. A final exam for Independent Study Course credit will be given at the end of the course. This is a two-day course. It is recommended that IS 120 – Orientation to Community Disaster Exercises be completed prior to attending this course.

Fundamentals Course for Radiological Response (FCRR)

This course is designed for personnel selected for duties as radiological monitors in response to emergencies at Grand Gulf Nuclear Station. Topics include a review of radiation fundamentals, radiation detection instruments, personnel monitoring techniques, radiological protective actions, radiation hazards, and first responder actions. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of IS-3 Radiological Emergency Management .

Hurricane Readiness for Coastal Communities

This two-day course is designed to provide participants the tools needed to help communities along the coast prepare for and respond to a hurricane. Upon completion, the participant will have a background in understanding advisories of the National Weather Service, describe information from FEMA hurricane Evacuation studies, describe the various issues and measures needed in their jurisdiction for effective decision-making, and have a basic checklist for time-phased actions.

Leadership and Influence

Being able to lead others – to motivate them to commit their energies and expertise to achieving the shared mission and goals of the emergency management system – is a necessary and vital part of the job for every emergency manager, planner, and responder. This course is designed to improve your leadership and influence skills. It addresses: leadership from within; how to facilitate change; how to build and rebuild trust; using personal influence and political savvy, and fostering an environment for leadership development. This is a two-day course. A final exam for Independent Study Course credit will be given at the end of the course

Local Situation (Rapid) Assessment

This course aids communities in developing plans and procedures for rapidly and efficiently collecting disaster intelligence immediately following a disaster. This intelligence is used to prioritize response activities, allocate available resources, and specifically request resources from other sources to save and sustain lives.

Mitigation for Local Government

This course is designed to train emergency managers and other interested individuals who have no specialized technical background, but can support mitigation efforts as advocates. The course provides activities and exercises that build your ability to: create long-term strategies for disaster-resistant communities; identify local mitigation opportunities; select mitigation solutions to hazard risk problems; find resources to carry out mitigation activities in a post-disaster environment, and enhance your abilities to carry out emergency management responsibilities. RECOMMENDED: Completion of IS-393 Introduction to Mitigation.

Modular Emergency Response Radiological Transportation Training (MERRTT) Train-the-Trainer

A part of the Transportation Emergency Preparedness Program (TEPP), MERRTT provides fundamental knowledge for responding to transportation incidents involving radioactive material and builds on training in existing hazardous materials curricula. The material is designed to meet the training need of persons serving in different public disciplines or on a hazardous materials team. Once trained as a trainer, a person can then go back to his/her jurisdiction and train other responders in this program. This course is one day.

NIMS ICS-300:Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents

The target audience for this course is individuals who may assume a supervisory role in expanding incidents or Type 3 incidents. Management by objectives and Unified Command are taught in this course, as well as the Incident Action Plan and the process used to develop IAPs. Activities build upon principles taught in the course. The length of the course is two to two and half days.

NIMS ICS-400: Advanced ICS Command and General Staff-Complex Incidents

This course is for senior emergency personnel who are expected to perform in a management capacity in a Multi-Agency Coordination unit or in an Area Command. The goals of the ICS-400 Advanced ICS are to explain how major incidents engender special management challenges; describe the circumstances in which an Area Command is established, and to describe the circumstances in which multi-agency coordination systems are established. There are group activities that incorporate the application of Area Command and Multi-Agency Coordination to enhance the objectives of the course. Course length is two days.

Principles of Emergency Management

This course examines the need for an emergency management system and the importance of an integrated approach to managing emergencies. Participants formulate the elements of integrated teamwork system and devise specific actions for improving their own contributions to local emergency management teams. The course is for all disciplines that work together in planning for and responding to emergencies. A final exam for Independent Study Course credit will be given at the end of the course. This is a one-day course.