STEPS FOR GETTING STARTED
STEP 3 - FEMA EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE
The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) is part of the Department
of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The
Institute provides national leadership in developing and delivering training
to ensure that individuals
and groups having emergency management responsibilities possess the requisite
skills to effectively perform their jobs.
You are required to complete the four independent study courses listed below
in order to respond to any federally declared or funded disaster. All are available
on-line and offered free-of-charge to those who qualify for enrollment and
have a FEMA Student Identification (SID) Number. Your FEMA SID will serve as
your unique identifier and will be used to maintain the record of FEMA trainings
you attend. If you do not yet have a SID, register for one today.
Independent Study Program (ISP) Courses in recommended order:
1. IS-701.A: NIMS Multiagency Coordination System (MACS) Course: Introduces
Multiagency Coordination (MAC) Systems, as described in the National Incident
Management System (NIMS), and shows how these systems can be used to improve
incident response. MAC Systems consist of a combination of elements: personnel,
procedures, protocols, business practices, and communications integrated
into a common system. [3 Hours]
2. IS-800.B: National Response Framework, An Introduction: Introduces participants
to the concepts and principles of the National Response Framework: the purpose,
the response doctrine, the roles and responsibilities of entities, the actions
that support national response, and how planning relates to national preparedness.
3. IS-100.B: Introduction to Incident Command System: Introduces the Incident
Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training.
This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational
structure of the Incident Command System. It also explains the relationship
between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS). [3 Hours]
4. IS-200. B: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents:
Designed to enable personnel to operate efficiently during an incident or
the Incident Command System (ICS), ICS-200 provides
training on and resources for personnel who are likely to assume a supervisory
position within the ICS. [3 Hours]
In addition to offering free training through the Emergency Management Institute,
FEMA offers information and services for the general public and responders. The Blog Articles and Email Updates may be of special
interest in that subscribers can receive helpful and timely information regarding
specific issues and regions of the country.
The next crisis response training you need is described in STEP 4 – THE AMERICAN RED CROSS.