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1/16/2018 - 1/18/2018 
E426 Implementing Whole Community Resilience & Citizen Corps Programs
Location:  Emmitsburg, MD

This is a 3-day resident course

Emergency Management Institute (EMI)
National Emergency Training Center (NETC)
16825 S. Seton Ave.
Emmitsburg, MD 21727

This interactive course focuses on implementing inclusive emergency management principles in local communities, and how that approach can increase a community’s ability to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from a disaster. This course will provide tools to help community groups move beyond basic awareness and onto engaging activities that truly move the needle on resiliency. Students are expected to be active participants in this course to enhance their level of knowledge. As a course outcome, students will develop a roadmap to resiliency customized for their community, to include proven best practices for engagement and tested preparedness activities.

Course Objectives:
  • Introduce recent research linking social capital to Whole Community resiliency and then look for markers of both in students' home communities.
  • Examine the state of preparedness of the individual citizen, to include common motivations and barriers to getting prepared.
  • Develop strategies to leverage Citizen Corps and other structures, such as interfaith councils, civic associations, chambers of commerce, and parent-teacher associations in order to facilitate community resiliency gains on the local and regional level. Consider the equities of each structure and the ancillary benefits that come from furthered resiliency.
  • Build a roadmap to move each student's community beyond awareness and toward action to increase levels of preparedness.

Selection Criteria: The target audience for this course includes community stakeholders interested in disaster resilience, as well as junior emergency management professionals who support or implement inclusive emergency management, community disaster planning, preparedness activities, and community outreach at the state and local levels. For the purposes of this course, junior emergency management professionals are considered those with less than three years of experience.

Prerequisites: Students should have a basic understanding of the fundamentals of emergency management and community preparedness.

CECs: 12 CECs for CFMs
CEUs: 1.8

Course attendance is free, but registration is required. If admitted to the course, FEMA will reimburse local, state, U.S. territory, and tribal government employees for transportation to attend the course, provide free lodging on campus, and free shuttle to/from nearby airports to the EMI campus. The only out of pocket cost for local, state, U.S. territory, and tribal government employees to participate will be for their time, and the on-campus meal ticket (approximately $110/week).

Register here, create a FEMA Student Identification Number (if you don't already have one), then follow instructions to apply for an on-campus course. Applications should be submitted a least 4 weeks prior to the course date. Admissions: 301-447-1000, Applicants should wait for their confirmation letter from EMI with their admission status prior to making travel arrangements.

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