Did you know that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers free classes? The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) offers emergency management training for emergency management professionals, government employees and the general public. As part of the National Preparedness Goal, their free online independent study program offers self-paced courses in nine “mission areas”:
Class titles include:
- Intro to Hazardous Materials
- A Citizen’s Guide to Disaster Assistance
- Animals in Disasters
- Diversity Awareness
- Orientation to FEMA Logistics
- Multihazard Planning for Childcare
- Household Hazardous Materials
- Workplace Violence Awareness
- Livestock in Disasters
There are many more interesting classes available – for a complete list, click here. And did I mention they’re online, self-paced and free? There is a final exam at the end of each one, but you’ll feel more confident in your ability to handle disasters once you’ve aced the class. If you’re considering a career change, these classes can also help you move into a career as an emergency management professional.
If you’re already working as an emergency management professional, the Professional Development Series offers seven independent study courses that teach the fundamentals of emergency management.
There are a few application guidelines – you must be a U.S. citizen although there are a limited number of international seats available for each class. Also, classes fill up so you want to note the registration deadlines.
The Emergency Management Institute also offers on-site and remote classes if you’d like to attend on-campus.
For a full course and schedule list, click here.