FEMA has developed a library of online courses that are part of their Independent Study Program to provide those with emergency management responsibilities the opportunity to obtain training on their own schedule. To take any of the courses below, click on the link provided and then go to the “Interactive Web Based Course” link on the right hand side of the page to begin.
Note: If you do not already have a FEMA Student Identification Number (SID), you will be asked to create one through a link at the top of the page.
This course 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).
ICS 200 is designed to enable personnel to operate efficiently during an incident or event within 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.
This course introduces and overviews the National Incident Management System (NIMS), which provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents.
The course introduces participants to the concepts and principles of the National Response Framework (NRF), which provides context for how the whole community works together during disaster response and how response efforts relate to other parts of national preparedness.
The goal of this course is to acquaint new personnel with the position of emergency manager, including history and underlying principles of emergency management, key areas of emphasis, the emergency manager’s roles and responsibilities, and tips for getting started.
This course introduces the basics of emergency management exercises, including how to manage an exercise program and how to design/develop an exercise. It also builds a foundation for subsequent exercise courses, which provide the specifics of the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) and the National Standard Exercise Curriculum (NSEC).
IS-130 introduces the basics of emergency management exercise evaluation and improvement planning. It also builds a foundation for exercise evaluation concepts as identified in the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP).
The goal of this course is to introduce students to the fundamentals of emergency management. The course presents emergency management as an integrated system with resources and capabilities networked together to address all hazards.
This course describes the role, design, and functions of Emergency Operations Centers and their relationships as components of a multi-agency coordination system. It contains disaster-related examples, activities and case studies that relate to EOC’s and multi-agency coordination systems at the local, state and federal levels of government.
This course is designed to help prepare non-law enforcement officers to be able describe actions that can be taken when they are confronted with an active shooter situation and actions that can be taken to prevent and prepare for active shooter incidents.
The purpose of this course is to introduce senior officials to the important role they play in emergency management and the steps that they can take to become acquainted with their role, authorities, and team members.