Homeland Security and Emergency Services

Training - Courses

Community Mass Care Management (G-108)

This course is designed to provide training to communities about mass care. By making more communities capable of planning for and managing mass care, professional mass care organizations such as the American Red Cross will find resources better organized and more abundant and communities will be more self-sufficient. Providing such training will increase mass care options at the community level and will result in greater readiness for population protection and higher quality management of mass care needs.

Topics and Issues to be Covered: The goal of this two-day course is to provide emergency management staff and voluntary agency personnel with the knowledge and skills necessary to perform as effective Mass Care Coordinators in a broad range of disaster situations.

Who Should Attend: This course is intended for State, tribal, and local government emergency management and voluntary agency personnel who provide mass care assistance.

Prerequisites: None

Suggested: None


Public Officials Conference (G-200)

This four to six hour conference for cities and counties provides an orientation to the federal, state and local partnership in emergency management. Programs are related to State and local needs and activities. Participants learn how to use such programs effectively to meet responsibilities. They also share information that would enhance emergency management at all levels of government and discuss specific community preparedness capabilities. The Public Officials Conference is designed to reinforce a specific jurisdiction's concerns and programs.

Who Should Attend: This conference is a unique opportunity for emergency management, paid and volunteer public safety professionals, members of the business community, elected and appointed officials, and private citizens to interact and share their concerns as well to discuss policy issues and strategies.

Prerequisites: None

Suggested: None

Hazardous Weather and Flooding Preparedness (G-271)

This two-day course focuses on the partnership and coordination between the National Weather Service and emergency managers. The goal is to enhance the ability to recognize potentially hazardous weather and flooding situations and coordinate an effective response to these weather events. The course will describe basic weather elements and explain how those elements combine to make hazardous weather situations. Participants will determine their community's vulnerability to identified hazards and how to interpret National Weather Service information products.

Topics and Issues to be Covered

  • Module I - Course Introduction and Overview including Discussion and Summary on Hazardous Weather Events
  • Module II -Weather Overview including: Basic Elements of Weather, Relative Humidity Exercise, Fronts and Air Masses, High and Low Pressure Systems, Jet Streams and Storm Tracks
  • Module III - Introduction to Hazardous Weather including: Hazardous Weather Events, Risk Comparison and using the Resource Guide
  • Module IV - Role of the Emergency Manager: Identify actions of the Emergency Manager, Develop a strategy for improving coordination among State and Local Officials. Reducing Hazards through Detection, Warning and Response
  • Module V - National Weather Service Hazardous Weather Products: Introduction and Overview, NWS Organization, and NWS Products
  • Module VI - Hydrology and Flooding: Introduction to Hydrology, River Flood Warnings and Forecasts, Local Forecast Point Information
  • Module VII - Tabletop Exercise

Who Should Attend: Participants for this course are those with full or part time emergency management assignments in government, volunteer or private sector organizations. Participants are welcome from a broad range of emergency organizations including law enforcement, fire services, community planning, hospitals, health and medical facilities and services, emergency management, public works, voluntary organizations, businesses and local government officials.

Prerequisites: None

Suggested: None

Mass Fatalities Incident Response (G-386)

The Mass Fatalities Incident Response program is offered in conjunction with the New York State Association of County Coroners and Medical Examiners. This program is offered in one of two formats, a full two-and-a-half day course or a one day workshop which provides an overview of the program. The goal of the Mass Fatalities programs is to prepare response personnel and other responsible professionals to handle a mass fatalities incident effectively by properly caring for the dead and the living - both responders and survivors.

Topics and Issues to be Covered

  • Analysis of attitudes about death
  • The effects of physical and emotional stress at a mass fatalities incident as well as methods for reducing stress
  • The roles and responsibilities of various local, state and federal agencies and private sector organizations
  • Local, state, federal and private sources of further information and assistance
  • The necessity of integrating mass fatality planning into existing emergency management plans
  • Equipment and supplies required for handling a mass fatalities incident
  • How the Incident Command System (ICS) is used to manage a mass fatalities incident
  • The potential liability concerns that may arise during a mass fatalities incident

Who Should Attend: This course is designed for a wide audience, encompassing the range of personnel with a role to play in a mass fatalities incident. The following list outlines the type of individuals or agencies that would benefit from attending. Experience has shown that a multi-disciplinary audience brings the best results.

  • Coroners/Medical Examiners
  • Law Enforcement
  • Emergency Planners
  • Forensic Dentists
  • Public Officials
  • CISD Professionals
  • Red Cross Health Services
  • Transportation Personnel
  • Dentists
  • Funeral Directors
  • Emergency Managers
  • Clergy
  • Fire Departments
  • EMS
  • Information Officers
  • DMORT Members
  • Community Mental Health
  • National Guard


Community Emergency Response Team

Train The Trainer (G-417)

FEMA and OEM are encouraging communities to train Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) so that they can perform essential lifesaving functions while waiting for professional responders following a disaster.

Topics and Issues to be Covered: This three-day course will prepare instructors to train members of their communities in topics including disaster fire suppression, disaster medical operations, light search and rescue, and team organization and management. This program is also intended to familiarize emergency program managers and instructors with course content and prepare them to market, promote, and administer this self-help emergency management program in their jurisdictions.

Who Should Attend: Ideally, local instructional teams made up of an emergency program manager and fire service and medical personnel who, by working together, can implement the program in their jurisdiction. Those who have attended EMI's Resident CERT Train-the-Trainer course should not apply for this course.


  • Emergency Program Managers: members of the emergency management community who will promote, organize, and administer the CERT program in conjunction with local CERT trainers
  • CERT Trainers: instructional skills and certification in first aid, firefighting, and rescue techniques

Suggested: CERT website