FEMA Training Course List

FEMA’s independent study training courses offerings are one of the most important disaster preparation educational tools for government officials, staff, and other professionals engaged in FEMA efforts during disasters. Below, IBTS provides links to FEMA’s course offerings, organized by disaster phase. Click on the disaster phase to see the listing of course options specific to… Read more

FEMA Training Courses: FEMA Funding Disbursement

FEMA offers online independent study courses related to the three main types of funding made available to communities by FEMA after a disaster: , and hazard mitigation. To ensure compliance with FEMA funding regulations, emergency managers, local leaders, financing and accounting department staff, and any other stakeholder involved with FEMA funding distribution should take these… Read more

FEMA Training Courses: Communication Coordination Program

Before a disaster hits, it’s important to have an internal communications plan to set disaster response efforts into motion. The following FEMA training courses focus on how to implement communication tools and best practices for disaster stakeholders involved in activating their emergency response plans. They are primarily intended for emergency managers, local leaders, first responders… Read more

FEMA Training Courses: Emergency Medical

FEMA currently offers several online independent study courses focused on how health care personnel and facilities fit into the and the . These courses are intended to educate city, county, and state leaders, emergency management personnel, first responders, NGOs and other volunteer agencies on the role of healthcare agencies in natural disaster response efforts.  … Read more

FEMA Training Courses: Stakeholder Communications

FEMA currently offers six online independent study courses focused on communications during and after a disaster event. Course options include courses designed specifically for public information officers, in addition specialized courses on social media, external affairs liaisons, and general disaster communication skills.   IS-29 — Public Information Officer Awareness IS-702.a — National Incident Management System… Read more

FEMA Training Courses: Disaster Planning Revisions

FEMA’s online independent study course, Exercise Evaluation and Improvement Planning, covers the methodology for completing After Action Reports.   IS-130 — Exercise Evaluation and Improvement Planning

Tips: Use a Variety of CDBG-DR Program Outreach Methods

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development () requires outreach to citizens, applicants, local leaders, and other stakeholders as part of the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery () program. However, this outreach is also critical in educating the community on the program, keeping them up-to-date and demonstrating the tangible progress of the program. Typically, the CDBG-DR… Read more

Tips for CDBG-DR Program Administrators: Use a Variety of Program Outreach Methods

As a program administrator, you will likely be the point of contact for citizens and other stakeholders who have questions or need more information on the program. Transparency and regular communication throughout the lifecycle of the program are key to educating your citizens about rules and regulations, and to demonstrating the tangible progress of the… Read more

Federal Procurement Policy: 2 CFR Part 200

Procurement of materials and services often presents challenges for grantees, who tend to be unfamiliar with the federal procurement policies they must follow to meet ‘s compliance standards. Grantees cannot simply begin purchasing materials and services using their existing procurement policies, but must update them to be compliant with federal regulations as outlined in 2 CFR Part… Read more

Legislative Update: Duplication of Benefits

In February 2018, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) made an important update to the way that Small Business Association (SBA) disaster loans are assessed, a change which applies to . A DOB occurs when any person, business, or entity uses federal funds to cover losses for which they have already received assistance… Read more