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									                    The Emergency Management Institute
The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) serves as the national focal point for the development and
delivery of emergency management training. This training enhances the capabilities of the Federal, state,
and local government, volunteer organizations, and the private sector to minimize the impact of disasters
on the American public. EMI curricula, including the Independent Study Program (ISP) courses, are
structured to meet the needs of this diverse audience with an emphasis on how the various elements
work together in emergencies to save lives and protect property.

                        The Independent Study Program
The Independent Study Program (ISP) is a distance learning program offered free of charge to the
American public. It serves as both an alternate means to deliver valuable training to the professional and
volunteer emergency management community, and an opportunity to improve public awareness and
promote disaster preparedness nationally. Each year, the ISP staff issues more than 3,000,000 individual
course completion certificates.

                                    Program Eligibility
The program is open to all residents with a valid U.S. deliverable postal address including APO and FPO
addresses. At the present time, most of the ISP course materials are available for download, free of
charge from our website.

                                    How to Get Started
The fastest way to begin taking courses is to visit our website. You can learn about each course,
download materials, and submit your final exams all from the convenience of your home or office. It’s as
easy as 1, 2, 3.

                1. Go to our website at

                2. Click on “Our Courses” on the left-hand side of the page

               3.   Choose a course, and click on it.

Below the course description, there will be options. One option you may see is “Download Course
Materials” in Adobe Acrobat Reader®. You can print them, save them to disc, or read from the screen.
The test questions for each course are part of the downloadable materials (usually at the end).

Another option you may see is “Interactive Web-based Course”. This option will direct you to our Virtual
Campus where you will create a user ID and password for yourself, and enroll in one of the interactive
courses. Once you have enrolled yourself, you will be able to go through the course lesson by lesson,
access useful tools, and other informative websites. The test questions will be at the end of the last
lesson. If you do not have access to the website you may call the Independent Study Office at 301-447-
                                   Submitting Your Test
Whether you download the materials or participate interactively, you will submit the final exam in the
same manner.

                    1. Go to our website,

                    2. Click on “Our Courses” on the left-hand side

                    3. Find your course, and click on it

                    4. Scroll down to the bottom, and click on “Take Final Exam”. Fill in your answers
                       and demographics, and click Submit.

We will score your test and send you a response via email usually within 24 hours. If you score a 75% or
higher, your email will contain a link to access and print your certificate of completion.

                                     Earn College Credit
Through the regional accreditation agencies, it is possible to earn transferable academic credit for
completion of Independent Study courses. Frederick Community College has assumed responsibility for
the evaluation of our Independent Study courses. Courses meeting their academic standards become
eligible for lower division academic credit. To apply for college credit, you must successfully complete a
course. You can then submit an application with a fee to receive a personal copy of you college
transcript. Two official copies may be directed to other institutions free of charge. A printable application
can be downloaded from our website under the “College Credit” section or by visiting You may also request a copy via email at

                       Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
The ISP courses are evaluated and awarded CEUs in accordance with the standards established by the
International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET). The number of CEUs for each
course is listed on our website.

                 Active & Reserve Members of the Military
Active duty members of some branches of the military may be eligible to apply the completion of ISP
courses toward promotion and retention programs. Contact your personnel or education office to
determine if this program is applicable to your career progression. Our experience indicates that the
member is usually required to apply and pay for college credit before receiving consideration to apply his
or her participation in the ISP toward promotion or retention points. Members of the reserve components,
who are required to accumulate retirement and retention points, are, in most cases, able to obtain credit
for their work through the ISP.
                                    Course Descriptions

IS-1: Emergency Manager: An Orientation to
the Position                                         • Explain how hazardous materials enter the
This course provides an introduction to              body and contaminate the environment;
Comprehensive         Emergency       Management     • Describe what communities can do to increase
(CEM)      and     the    Integrated    Emergency    their emergency preparedness to respond to
Management System (IEMS), including an in-           hazardous materials incidents; and
depth look at the four phases of emergency           • Identify steps individuals and communities can
management;          mitigation,     preparedness,   take to protect themselves during a hazardous
response, and recovery; as they are                  materials release. (1.0 CEUs)
implemented in a comprehensive emergency
management program. The course consists of           IS-7.A: A Citizen's Guide to Disaster
text, illustrations, diagrams, figures, and an       Assistance
accompanying CD-ROM toolkit.                         Appropriate for both the general public and
(1.0 CEUs)                                           those involved in emergency management, this
                                                     course provides a basic understanding of the
IS-3: Radiological Emergency Management              roles and responsibilities of the local community,
Covering a variety of topics, this ISP course        State, and the federal government in providing
contains information about:                          disaster assistance. (1.0 CEUs)

        Fundamental principles of radiation;         IS-8: Building for the Earthquakes of
        Nuclear threat and protective measures;      Tomorrow: Complying with Executive Order
        Nuclear power plants;                        12699
        Radiological transportation accidents;       This course provides the student with the
        and,                                         background necessary to understand the effects
        Other radiological hazards. (1.0 CEUs)       of Executive Order 12699, signed by President
                                                     Bush in 1990, that requires all Federally owned,
IS-5.A: An Introduction to Hazardous                 leased, or financed new buildings to comply with
Materials                                            strict earthquake building design set forth in the
Intended to provide a general introduction to        National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Plan
hazardous materials, this Independent Study          (NEHRP) Recommended Building Provisions. It
course serves as a foundation for more specific      is for local officials including mayors, city
studies in the future. No prior knowledge of the     managers and commissioners, local council
subject is required or assumed. At the end of the    members, building inspectors, zoning officials,
course, the participant should be able to:           building designers, and others concerned with
                                                     this topic.
• Explain the roles of Federal, State, Tribal and    (1.0 CEUs)
local governments in reducing hazardous
materials risks                                      IS-10: Animals in Disaster-Module A:
• Discuss the two major hazardous materials          Awareness and Preparedness
identification systems used within the United        The purpose of this course is two-fold. Module
States;                                              A is intended to increase awareness and
• Identify possible terrorist’s targets of           preparedness among animal owners and care
opportunities in the use of toxic industrial         providers.    It includes sections on typical
chemicals (TIC) as Weapons of Mass                   hazards, how these hazards affect animals, and
Destruction (WMD);                                   what responsible owners can do to reduce the
• Identify locations where hazardous materials       impact of disasters. It is also intended to help
are commonly found and how to determine their        animal owners, care providers and industries to
potential health effects;                            better understand emergency management.
• Describe basic terms that pertain to exposures     Module A will heighten awareness of the special
to hazardous materials;                              issues that emergency managers must consider
• Read and interpret a materials safety data         when incorporating animal-care annexes into
sheet (MSDS);                                        their emergency operations plans. (1.0 CEUs)
                                                     enter your body, and the effects chemicals have
IS 11: Animals in Disaster-Module B:                 on your body. In the 2nd and 3rd units, you will
Community Planning                                   learn about cleaning products, lead, mercury,
Module B is intended to guide emergency              gasoline, compressed gases, carbon monoxide,
management officials, animal owners, care            medical supplies, chlorine, pesticides, and other
providers, and industries in preparing community     chemicals. In the last two units, you will cover
disaster plans. The goal of Module B is to           labels, personal protective equipment, proper
provide sufficient information for these groups to   disposal methods, preventive measures to take
meet and develop meaningful and effective            before natural disasters, and less toxic
plans that will improve the care of animals, and     alternatives to chemicals found in most homes.
involve their owners, and animal-care industries     (0.3 CEUs)
in disasters. This course provides the basic
background knowledge needed to develop a             IS-100: Introduction to Incident Command
coordinated response to a disaster in which          System, I-100
animals and their owners are affected.               As an introduction to the Incident Command
(1.0 CEUs)                                           System (ICS), this course provides the
                                                     foundation for higher level ICS training. This
IS-15.A: Special Events Contingency                  course describes the history, features and
Planning, Training for Public Safety                 principles, and organizational structure of the
Agencies                                             Incident Command System. It also explains the
This five hour web-based course will provide         relationship between ICS and the National
public safety agency personnel information           Incident Management System (NIMS).
related to pre-event planning, forming the           (0.3 CEUs)
planning team, event hazard analysis, and
responding to incidents during special events in     IS-100.FW: Introduction to Incident
their community. Though relevant special events      Command System, I-100, for Federal Disaster
statutes/ordinances and codes must be                Workers
considered by public safety agency personnel         This course is designed to give an introduction
engaged in special event planning, an extensive      to the principles, common terminology and
job aid manual is included in the course and         position-specific     responsibilities      when
available for download on the course web page.       responding to an event using the Incident
 (0.5 CEUs)                                          Command System (ICS).               The course
                                                     specifically discusses major ICS functions and
IS-22: Are You Ready?                                associated responsibilities, ICS organizational
An In-Depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness" has       units, span of control, major incident facilities
been designed to help the citizens of this nation    and the function of each, what an Incident Action
learn how to protect themselves and their            Plan is and how it is used, and the common
families against all types of hazards. It can be     responsibilities   associated    with    incident
used as a reference source or as a step-by-step      assignments from the Federal disaster response
manual. The focus of the content is on how to        workforce perspective. (0.3 CEUs)
develop, practice, and maintain emergency
plans that reflect what must be done before,         IS100.HC: Introduction to Incident Command
during, and after a disaster to protect people and   System, I-100, for Healthcare/Hospitals
their property. Also included is information on      ICS 100, Introduction to the Incident Command
how to assemble a disaster supplies kit that         System for Healthcare/Hospitals, introduces the
contains the food, water, and other supplies in      Incident Command System (ICS) as it applies to
sufficient quantity for individuals and their        the    healthcare/hospital   environment   and
families to survive. (1.0 CEUs)                      provides the foundation for higher level ICS
                                                     training. This course describes the history,
IS-55: Household Hazardous Materials                 features and principles, and organizational
This course was designed for the general public.     structure of the Incident Command System. It
It will introduce you to household hazardous         also explains the relationship between ICS and
materials and actions you can take to protect        the National Incident Management System
yourself and your family from injury or death. In    (NIMS). (0.3 CEUs)
the 1st unit, you will learn about basic chemical
and physical properties, the ways chemicals
IS-100.LE: Introduction to Incident Command                   Comprehensive exercise program;
System,     I-100    for    Law     Enforcement               The exercise process;
Similar to the I-100, this course introduces the              Exercise design steps;
Incident Command System (ICS) and provides                    Tabletop, functional, and full-scale
the foundation for higher level ICS training using            exercises;
examples pertaining to Law Enforcement. It                    Exercise evaluation;
describes the history, features and principles,               Exercise enhancements; and,
and organizational structure of the Incident                  Designing a functional exercise.
Command System. It also explains the                          (1.0 CEUs)
relationship between ICS and the National
Incident    Management        System       (NIMS).    IS-197.SP:        Special Needs Planning
(0.3 CEUs)                                            Considerations for Service and Support
IS-100.PW:      Introduction     to    Incident       The purpose of this course is to provide
Command System, I-100 for Public Works                representatives of the special needs service and
Personnel                                             support system with the basic information and
ICS 100, Introduction to the Incident Command         tools to develop their own emergency plans.
System for Public Works Personnel, introduces         This course is designed for people who work
the Incident Command System (ICS) and                 with the elderly and people with disabilities, and
provides the foundation for higher level ICS          will teach how to partner with local Emergency
training. This course describes the history,          Management and better prepare for all phases
features and principles, and organizational           of an emergency. (0.4 CEUs)
structure of the Incident Command System. It
also explains the relationship between ICS and        IS-200: ICS for Single Resource and Initial
the National Incident Management System               Action Incidents
(NIMS). (0.3 CEUs)                                    ICS 200 is designed to enable personnel to
                                                      operate efficiently during an incident or event
IS-111: Livestock in Disaster                         within the Incident Command System (ICS).
This course is for farmers, extension agents,         ICS-200 provides training on and resources for
emergency managers and others with interests          personnel who are likely to assume a
in the livestock industry. It describes the various   supervisory position within the ICS. (0.3 CEUs)
hazards that animals can face and how to
mitigate them, as well as how to respond to an        IS-200.HC: Applying ICS to Healthcare
actual disaster. (1.0 CEUs)                           Organizations
                                                      ICS     200.HC      is   designed     to   enable
IS-120: An Orientation to Community                   healthcare/hospital     personnel    to   operate
                                                      efficiently during an incident or event within the
Disaster Exercises
This ISP course provides an orientation to the        Incident Command System (ICS). ICS-200
types of exercises used to test and evaluate a        provides training on and resources for personnel
community's emergency response plan. The              who are likely to assume a supervisory position
content illustrates the eight basic steps in          within the ICS. (0.3 CEUs)
exercise design and emphasizes the use of a
design team to ensure the success of a                IS-208: State Disaster Management
community's exercise program. (1.0 CEUs)              This course includes information on the pre-
                                                      declaration to recovery and mitigation actions
                                                      required by States in order to facilitate the
IS-139: Exercise Design
Emergency managers, emergency services                disaster assistance process.       It provides
personnel, and individuals, who are part of the       students with the knowledge necessary to
emergency     preparedness       and      response    understand the interrelationship of State and
communities at all levels of government, need to      Federal disaster assistance programs and the
be able to use the fundamentals of exercise           representatives who manage and administer
simulation and design as an integrated system         these programs. (1.0 CEUs)
of resources and capabilities. This course is
designed to develop skills in the following areas:    IS-230: Principles of Emergency
Understanding the fundamental principles and       job for every emergency manager, planner, and
practices of emergency management provides a       responder. This course is designed to improve
framework for the future professional growth of    your decision-making skills. It addresses:
every emergency manager and responder. This
course is designed to provide a basic framework            The decision-making process;
for understanding emergency management in                  Decision-making styles;
the following areas:                                       Attributes of an effective decision
       Overview of the integrated emergency                Ethical decision making and problem
       management system;                                  solving. (0.8 CEU’s)
       The emergency management cycle;
       The plan as the program centerpiece;        IS-242: Effective Communication
       Functions       of    an    emergency       The ability to communicate effectively is a vital
       management program;                         part of every emergency manager, planner, and
       Emergency       management     program      responder’s job. This course is designed to
       participants; and,                          improve your communication skills.             It
       Applying      emergency   management        addresses:
       principles. (1.0 CEU’s)
                                                           Basic communication skills;
IS-235: Emergency Planning                                 How to communicate in an emergency;
The ability to use all the basic elements of the           How to identify community-specific
planning process gives emergency managers                  communication issues;
and planners a basis for working together to               How to use technology as a
shape the community’s disaster response to all             communication tool;
types of hazards and problems. This course is              Effective oral communication; and,
designed to provide common experience of a                 How to prepare an oral presentation
properly structured Emergency Operations Plan              (0.8 CEU’s)
in the following areas:
                                                   IS-244: Developing and Managing
       The planning process;                       Volunteers
       Hazard analysis;                            This course is for emergency managers and
       The basic plan;                             related professionals working with all types of
       Annexes and appendices; and,                volunteers and coordinating with voluntary
       Implementing instructions (1.0 CEU’s)       agencies. This course will provide procedures
                                                   and tools for building and working with voluntary
IS-240: Leadership & Influence                     organizations. Topics include: benefits and
Being able to lead others (to motivate them to     challenges of using volunteers; building a
commit their energies and expertise to achieving   volunteer program; writing job descriptions;
the shared mission and goals of the emergency      developing volunteers through recruitment;
management system) is a vital part of every        coordinating with voluntary agencies and
emergency manager, planner, and responder’s        community-based organizations; and special
job. This course is designed to improve your       issues such as spontaneous volunteers, liability,
leadership and influence skills. It addresses:     and stress. (1.0 CEUs)

       Leadership from within;                     IS-253: Coordinating Environmental and
       How to facilitate change;                   Historic Preservation Compliance
       How to build and rebuild trust;             This course provides an overview of FEMA's
       Using personal influence and political      environmental     and    historic   preservation
       savvy and,                                  compliance     responsibilities   and   is    an
       Fostering an environment for leadership     independent study alternative to the 4-day
       development. (0.9 CEU’s)                    E/L253 course held at the Emergency
                                                   Management Institute or regional offices. The
IS-241: Decision-Making and Problem-               course is designed to: provide the user with the
Solving                                            basic background and practical knowledge
Being able to make decisions and solve             needed to participate in FEMA's environmental
problems effectively is a necessary part of the    and historic preservation review process; help
the user understand how the environmental and        public and those involved in emergency
historic preservation review process applies to      management operations. (1.0 CEUs)
various job responsibilities. (1.0 CEUs)
                                                     IS-292: Basic Disaster Operations
IS-271: Anticipating Hazardous Weather and           This course will provide individuals with the
Community Risk                                       basic information about Federal disaster
As an emergency manager, you play a special          programs and operations. It will prepare the
role in anticipating and preparing for hazardous     FEMA manager for response or recovery
weather. This course will help you meet this         operations whether assigned to; a Regional
challenge more effectively by:                       Operations Center (ROC), an Emergency
                                                     Operations Center (EOC), Disaster Field Office
        Enhancing your ability to recognize          (DFO), or other FEMA fixed-facility. (1.0 CEUs)
        potentially hazardous weather and
        flooding situations and how they may         IS-301: Radiological Emergency Response
        affect your community.                       The goal of this ISP course is to provide a
        Familiarizing you with National Weather      learning experience in which participants
        Service (NWS) products so that you           demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of
        understand how to use and interpret          radiological protection and response principles,
        forecasts.                                   guidelines, and regulations to prepare them for
        Encouraging you to develop a                 the operations course (RERO). (1.0 CEUs)
        partnership with the NWS well in
        advance of a threat. (1.0 CEU’s)             IS-302: Modular Emergency Radiological
                                                     Response Transportation Training
IS-275: The Role of the EOC in Community             This series of modules can serve as a refresher
Preparedness, Response and Recovery                  training course for those students already
Activities                                           proficient in radiological response. The refresher
The goal of this course is to provide the reader     course should take from 6 to 8 hours to
with the understanding of the vital role an          complete. This course includes the following
Emergency Operations Center (EOC) plays in a         topics: radiological basics, biological effects,
community's preparedness, response, and              hazard recognition (markings, labels, and
recovery activities. (1.0 CEUs)                      placards), initial response actions, radioactive
                                                     material shipping packages, on-scene patient
IS-279: Engineering Principles and Practices         handling, radiological terminology and units,
for Retrofitting Flood-Prone Residential             assessing package integrity, radiation detection
Structures                                           instrumentation,           and         radiological
This course is offered both as independent study     decontamination. (1.0 CEUs)
and as a prerequisite to successful completion
of the more technical in-residence course of the     IS-317: Introduction to Community
same name, offered by the Emergency                  Emergency Response Teams (CERT)
Management Institute (EMI). The information          This course serves as an introduction to CERT
presented in this course provides essential, non-    for those wanting to complete training or as a
technical     background       knowledge    about    refresher for current team members. It has six
retrofitting. The retrofitting measures presented    modules with topics that include an Introduction
are creative and practical, comply with              to CERT, Fire Safety, Hazardous Material and
applicable floodplain regulations, and are           Terrorist Incidents, Disaster Medical Operations,
satisfactory to homeowners. It is assumed that       and Search and Rescue. It can be taken by
students planning to attend the technical course     anyone interested in CERT; however, to become
at EMI will have mastered this ISP course.           a CERT volunteer, one must complete the
(1.0 CEUs)                                           classroom training offered by a local government
                                                     agency such as the emergency management
IS-288: The Role of Voluntary Agencies in            agency, fire or police departments. (0.8 CEUs)
Emergency Management
This ISP course provides a basic understanding       IS-324: Community Hurricane Preparedness)
of the history, roles, and services of disaster      This course provides people involved in the
relief volunteer agencies in providing disaster      decision making process for hurricane
assistance. It is appropriate for both the general   preparedness with basic information about:
        How hurricanes form;                         medical provider safety, and identify appropriate
        The hazards they pose;                       resources for decontamination and medical
        How the National Weather Service             care. However, additional training is required in
        (NWS) forecasts future hurricane             order to diagnose and treat patients who have
        behavior; and,                               been involved in hazardous materials incidents.
        What tools and guiding principles can        This course alone does not fulfill all of OSHA's
        help emergency managers prepare their        requirements for hazardous materials training at
        communities. (1.0 CEU’s)                     the awareness level. (1.0 CEUs)

IS-330: Refresher Course for Radiological            IS-362: Multi-hazard Emergency Planning for
Monitors                                             Schools
This course concentrates on refresher skills         This course is a short and “easy to take” web-
training and updates to regulations and policies     based course that focuses on multi-hazard
regarding radiological response operations.          emergency planning for schools. This course:
Individuals must have completed FEMA's               describes emergency management operations,
Fundamentals       Course    for    Radiological     roles and duties; explains how to assess
Response (G320) or the Department of Energy          potential hazards that schools may face; and
(DOE's) Modular Emergency Radiological               explains how to develop and test an Emergency
Response Transportation Training (MERRTT) to         Operations Plan that addresses all potential
request this course. The most current version of     hazards. This course is designed for school
the course includes a variety of activities and      administrators, principals, and first responders.
exercise scenarios to refresh and renew              However, anyone with a personal or
individual's knowledge and skills about              professional interest in school preparedness is
radiological response. This course is targeted to    welcome to participate. Teachers, students, bus
the emergency responder and individuals who          drivers, volunteers, and parents alike will find
have responsibilities to manage radiological         useful information in this course. (0.8 CEUs)
emergencies. (1.0 CEUs)
                                                     IS-386: Introduction to Residential Coastal
IS-331: Introduction to Radiological                 Construction
Emergency Preparedness Exercise                      Important!     This is a very comprehensive,
Evaluation                                           advanced level course. The target audience
This course introduces the student to the basic      includes; engineers, architects, and building
concepts and terminology of the offsite              code officials. Floodplain management, hazard
emergency        preparedness     program      for   mitigation, planning, and building officials with
commercial nuclear power plants. It provides an      building science knowledge are also part of the
introduction to the program's exercise evaluation    target audience. This course will introduce the
regulations, philosophy, and methodology. The        student to basic information about residential
pre-exercise, exercise, and post-exercise roles      coastal construction. Some unit topics include;
and responsibilities of the evaluator are covered    coastal environment, regulatory requirements,
in depth. (1.0 CEUs)                                 and hazards identification. (1.4 CEUs)

IS-340: Hazardous Materials Prevention               IS-393.A: Introduction to Hazard Mitigation
This course consists of nine lessons, excluding      As the costs of disasters continue to rise,
the Course Introduction. The lessons address:        governments and ordinary citizens must find
Why Plan for HazMat Incidents; The Basis for         ways to reduce risks to our communities. As
HazMat Planning; Beginning the Planning              communities plan for new development and
Process;      Identifying   Hazards;   Analyzing     improvements      to   existing    infrastructure,
Vulnerabilities; Establishing Response Priorities;   mitigation can and should be an important
Assessing Resources; Developing the HazMat           component of the planning effort. This means
Appendix; and a Course Summary. (1.0 CEUs)           taking action to reduce or eliminate long-term
                                                     risk from hazards and their effects. This course
IS-346: An Orientation to Hazardous                  provides an introduction to mitigation for those
Materials for Medical Personnel                      who are new to emergency management and/or
This course is designed to prepare hospital          mitigation. (1.0 CEUs)
personnel to analyze hazardous material
situations, take the necessary steps to assure
IS-394.A: Protecting Your Home or Small             employee's family. Both employees designated
Business from Disaster                              to be part of the Emergency Relocation Group
The purpose of this course is to provide a          (ERG) and those who are not will benefit from
foundation of knowledge that will enable            this course. The first lesson defines COOP,
participants to:                                    covers the basic concepts and benefits of
                                                    COOP. Subsequent lessons explain the
    •   Describe different types of natural         objectives of COOP planning and describe the
        disasters                                   basic elements of a viable COOP capability.
    •   Describe hazards that pose a risk to        (0.1 CEUs)
        their home or small business
    •   Explain how protective measures can         IS-547: Introduction to Continuity of
        reduce or eliminate long-term risks to      Operations (COOP)
        their home and personal property from       This five hour web-based course is designed for
        hazards and their effects                   a broad audience - from senior managers to
    •   Explain how protective measures for         those involved directly involved in the continuity
        small businesses secure people,             of operations (COOP) planning effort. The
        business property, and building             course provides a working knowledge of the
        structures and prevent business loss        COOP guidance found in Federal Preparedness
        from a natural disaster (1.0 CEUs)          Circular 65, "Federal Executive Branch
                                                    Continuity of Operations." The course provides
                                                    activities to enhance your COOP program.
IS-513: The Professional in Emergency
                                                    (0.5 CEUs)
Management (Currently Under Revision)
This course is for any professional in emergency
                                                    IS-630: Introduction to the Public Assistance
management or anyone who is looking for a
career in the profession. You could be asked to
                                                    This is an introductory level course designed for
respond to questions about hazards that you
                                                    all audiences including Federal, State, tribal and
may not normally encounter and about national-
                                                    local emergency management staff with
level activities outside your community. There
                                                    responsibilities in FEMA's PA program. It is
are two parts to this course. One part is an
                                                    highly recommended for non-public assistance
orientation to the national assets coordinated by
                                                    personnel who need a basic understanding of
FEMA and the Federal role in disaster
                                                    the process. Four units of instructions cover
management. The other part is devoted to
                                                    such topics as an overview, eligibility, kickoff
increasing your knowledge of a wider range of
                                                    meeting, project formulation, and small project
hazards. We have joined these two different
                                                    validation. The materials include a section on,
topics in one course because they represent the
                                                    "How to take this course," an interactive
broader field of emergency management. If you
                                                    summary activity, and a resource center which
widen your professional outlook, you may
                                                    includes public assistance policy publications,
become a more versatile emergency manager.
                                                    forms, a glossary, a link to FEMA's website, and
You will be better able to coordinate outside
                                                    an end of course examination. (0.2 CEUs)
your jurisdiction and to apply your skills to
hazards and circumstances in any part of the
                                                    IS-631: Public Assistance Operations I
country. (1.0 CEUs)
                                                    This course addresses such topics as; initial
                                                    operations, governing documents, eligibility,
IS-546: Continuity of Operations (COOP)
                                                    special considerations, project formulation
Awareness Course
                                                    (worksheet and validation), and a summary.
The one-hour Continuity of Operations (COOP)
                                                    The course also includes a resource center with
Awareness course is designed for all public
                                                    public assistance policy publications, forms, a
sector employees. The course provides a
                                                    glossary, a link to FEMA’s website, and an end-
fundamental understanding of COOP, terms,
                                                    of-course exam. (1.0 CEU’s)
objectives, and benefits to public sector
departments and agencies. It gives a brief
                                                    IS-632: Introduction to Debris Operations in
overview of the elements of a viable COOP
                                                    FEMA’s Public Assistance Program
capability. This awareness course provides
                                                    This course is divided into two major topic areas:
information on how a COOP event might affect
                                                    General Debris Removal Operations, and
employees, the department/agency and an
                                                    Critical Issues in Debris Operations. There is
also a resource center which includes public          during an incident. Primary tasks addressed in
assistance documents, test resources (exams),         this course are:
sample forms, key content, and a link to FEMA’s
website. (1.0 CEUs)                                       •   Establishing systems for describing,
                                                              inventorying, requesting, and tracking
IS-650: Building Partnerships with Tribal                     resources;
Governments                                               •   Activating these systems prior to and
This course is designed to provide participants               during an incident;
basic knowledge to: build effective partnerships          •   Dispatching resources prior to and
with tribal governments, and work in concert with             during an incident; and
tribal governments to protect native people and
                                                          •   Deactivating or recalling resources
property against all types of hazards.
                                                              during or after incidents. (0.5 CEUs)
Throughout this course, tribal representatives
speak about their history, their culture, their way
of life, and how to develop good relationships        IS-800.A: National Response Plan (NRP), an
with tribal communities. (1.0 CEUs)                   Introduction
                                                      The National Response Plan, or NRP, describes
IS-700: National Incident Management                  how the Federal Government will work in
System (NIMS), and Introduction                       concert with State, local, and tribal governments
On February 28, 2003, President Bush issued           and the private sector to respond to disasters.
Homeland Security Presidential Directive-5            This course introduces the NRP. It is intended
(HSPD-5). This directive instructed the               for DHS and other Federal staff responsible for
Secretary of Homeland Security to develop and         implementing the NRP, and Tribal, State, local
administer a National Incident Management             and private sector emergency management
System (NIMS). The NIMS provides a consistent         professionals. (0.3 CEUs)
nationwide template to enable all government,
private-sector,     and      nongovernmental          IS-860: National Infrastructure Protection
organizations to in concert during domestic           Plan (NIPP)
incidents. This course explains the purpose,          Explain the criticality of protecting and ensuring
principles, key components, and benefits of           the continuity of critical infrastructure and key
NIMS. It also contains "Planning Activity"            resources (CI/KR) of the United States. The
screens giving you an opportunity to practice         purpose of this course is to introduce the
some planning tasks.                                  National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP).
(0.3 CEUs)                                            (0.2 CEUs)

IS-702: NIMS Public Information Systems               IS-1900: NDMS Federal Coordinating Center
The public information systems described in           Operations Course
NIMS are designed to effectively manage public        IS-1900, NDMS Federal Coordinating Center
information at an incident, regardless of the size    Operations Course provides training to address
and complexity of the situation or the number of      the needs of Federal Coordinating Centers
entities    involved     in     the     response.     (FCCs). The purpose of this course is to:
The goal of this course is to facilitate NIMS
compliance by providing you with the basic                •   Provide the training necessary to ensure
information and tools that you need to apply the              all FCCs as being proficient to perform
NIMS public information systems and protocols                 their duties.
during incident management. This course is                •   Provide flexible training for FCCs which
designed for local and State public information               will not sacrifice training quality or
officers and takes approximately three hours to               standards.
complete. (0.3 CEUs)                                      •   Provide a forum for FCC development
                                                              through individual participation.
IS-703: NIMS Resource Management                          •   Acclimate FCCs to function during
This interactive computer-based course provides               incidents of national significance.
the principles, tools, processes, and systems             •   Acclimate FCCs to function in support of
used in the NIMS that incident managers need                  the DoD. (0.3 CEUs)
for timely and effective resource management
                                                                                         January 24, 2007

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