FEMA sets dates for disaster preparedness course

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced Wednesday that two courses on situational awareness and common operating picture will be held in 2016 at the Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

Each course will meet for four days between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The first session will be offered April 11-14, and the second will be July 25-28. In this course, participants will learn about the National Incident Management System and how to best use and support it. The aim of the course is to improve capabilities and knowledge in this area for those who are engaged in domestic emergency response, recovery and preparedness.

Those wishing to attend either course can apply with a FEMA Student Identification number. To obtain that, visit cdp.dhs.gov/femasid. Applicants have until five weeks before the course to apply. Transportation and lodging will be provided or included in the student stipend. Those staying in the provided lodging will be required to purchase a meal ticket that will last throughout the training. Local transport costs, rental cars and incidentals will not be reimbursed.

FEMA notes that the following courses are recommended prior to this course: IS 0100.b, Introduction to the Incident Command System (ICS); IS 0200.b, ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents, and IS 0700.a, National Incident Management System, an Introduction. 

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