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The National Training and Education Division (NTED) of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) maintains a list of state-sponsored emergency management course offerings.  You may also contact your state emergency management agency for more information on training specific to your state.

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There is no standardized national list of city and county emergency management training.  However, you may contact your local emergency management agency for more details on course offerings, seminars, and exercises sponsored by your city/county or a neighboring jurisdiction.

Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs)

The CERTs are sponsored and funded by the national Citizen Corps program.  The CERT program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using CERT-specific training materials and exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. The CERT members are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking an active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

Flash Content"In March 2011, several Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) in northern New Jersey helped communities deal with serious flooding that resulted in a state of emergency. The Little Falls, NJ CERT was formally activated to set up an evacuation shelter at a local civic center and to prepare food for flood victims and first responders. Members of the Little Falls CERT had completed special shelter manager training from the Red Cross and food handling training from the Salvation Army. The Red Cross training allowed the Little Falls CERT to establish approved emergency shelters without Red Cross personnel, while the Salvation Army training allowed the group to safely handle and prepare food in an emergency shelter context. The 20-person team contributed more than 500 hours of time staffing the shelter around the clock for a week."

Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)

Through the Office of the Surgeon General, the MRC engages volunteers to strengthen public health, emergency response, and community resilience. The MRC volunteers train—individually and with other members of the unit—in order to improve their skills, knowledge, and abilities. Sometimes the training is coursework, and other times it is part of a drill or exercise conducted with partner organizations in the community. Continuing education units and credits are even available for some programs. 

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While all NTED training (state- and/or federal-sponsored courses) is eligible for funding from the Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP), states, territories, and urban areas may wish to send their personnel to attend training not provided by NTED.  States, territories, and urban areas are not required to request prior approval from NTED for personnel to attend training that is not state or federal sponsored, provided that the training is coordinated and approved by the State Administrative Agency (SAA) or State/Territory Training Point of Contact (TPOC) and falls within the NTED mission scope of preparing state and local personnel to prevent, protect, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism or catastrophic events.

States, territories, and urban areas are required, after personnel attend the training, to submit information about the training through the SAA or TPOC to NTED. This information should consist of course title, course description, mission area, level of training, the training provider, the date of the course, the number and associated disciplines of the individuals, and the sponsoring jurisdiction.

States, territories, and urban areas intending to use HSGP funds to support attendance at training not provided by NTED must ensure these courses do the following:

  • Fall within the NTED mission scope to prepare state and local personnel to prevent, protect, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism and catastrophic events
  • Build additional capabilities that a) support a specific training need identified by the state, territory, and urban area; and b) comport with the state, territory, or urban area Homeland Security Strategy
  • Address specific tasks and/or competencies articulated in the National Preparedness Directorate's Emergency Responder Guidelines and the Homeland Security Guidelines for Prevention and Deterrence
  • Address specific capabilities and related tasks articulated in the Core Capabilities and the Universal Task List (UTL)
  • Comport with all applicable federal, state, and local regulations, certifications, guidelines, and policies deemed appropriate for the type and level of training.

In some cases HSGP funding can be used to cover incidental costs associated with the training, including overtime and backfill costs, with the approval of the SAA.  Allowable state, territory, local, and tribal training-related costs include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Costs to develop, deliver, and evaluate training, to include costs related to administering the training; planning, scheduling, facilities, materials and supplies, reproduction of materials, and equipment.
  • Overtime and backfill costs associated with attendance at NTED-sponsored and/or approved training courses and programs.
  • Costs associated with the certification and re-certification of instructors.
  • Travel costs (e.g., airfare, mileage, per diem, hotel) for employees who are on travel status for official business related to approved training.
  • Hiring of full-time or part-time staff or contractors/consultants. Full-time or part-time staff may be hired to support training-related activities. Payment of salaries and fringe benefits must be in accordance with the policies of the state or unit(s) of local government and have the approval of the state or awarding agency, whichever is applicable.

Web-Forms, an electronic form/data management system, was built to assist SAA and/or TPOC with the reporting of non-NTED provided training information supported by HSGP funds. All training deliveries, development of new courses, and course additions into the State-Sponsored Course Catalog supported with HSGP grant funding (other than NTED-provided training) must be reported through the Web-Forms System. The SAAs/TPOCs must ensure the training falls within the National Preparedness Directorate mission scope and meets all required guidelines outlined in each individual Web-Form. Course topics are to include, but are not limited to, Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE) terrorism and catastrophic events, cyber/agriculture/food security, intelligence gathering and analysis, citizen and community preparedness, and training for volunteers.

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