Training Opportunities

Training Opportunities



Online Webinar Series Focuses on Procurements Under Disaster Grants

June 2017

FEMA’s Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) recently published an eight-part webinar series on the FEMA website offering detailed information for recipients and sub-recipients of FEMA disaster grants as they navigate the federal procurement process. The video modules were produced by OCC’s Procurement Disaster Assistance Team (PDAT), and are not intended to be a substitute for legal advice or live procurement under grants training.  The webinars describe procurement standards under the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (also known as the “Uniform Rules”), (2 C.F.R. §§ 200.317-.326).

FEMA recommends watching the webinars in sequential order.  Topics discussed include, in part; the roles of federal and non-federal entities in the procurement under grants process; rules applicable to states, including state agencies; rules applicable to local governments, tribes, and nonprofits, sometimes collectively referred to as non-Federal Entities (NFEs); competition and procurement methods that apply to NFEs; socioeconomic contracting; pre-procurement document review and bonding requirements for NFEs; procurement of recovered materials or required contract provisions; and the differences between the current procurement standards and previous procurement standards.

The webinars may be useful for FEMA stakeholders in the public, private, tribal, or non-profit sectors or any other emergency management personnel working on procurements under grants.  Please visit to watch the webinar series and learn more about important procurement legal standards under FEMA disaster grants.

A disaster could happen any minute — is your local government prepared to submit required reports to FEMA?  Or will your team waste hundreds of hours scrambling to provide FEMA with activity plans, time records, material usage, and photos for reimbursement?


Cost Estimating Principles for HMA Applications

In May 2017, FEMA’s HMA Division held a webinar to share cost estimating principles for HMA applications.  Presenters provided general principles for reviewing cost estimates for HMA projects, a process for determining “reasonable costs” as part of the grant application review, and resources where you can get more detailed information and examples.  View the webinar and download the presentation.  


2018 CRS Webinars

The webinars are one-hour topical webinars are on the calendar, and others will be scheduled.  All classes 1:00 pm Eastern.  Registration is free, but required, as space is limited.  The CRS offers webinars to help communities understand and meet their CRS requirements.  Many will be recorded, so they can be accessed later.  Registration is free, but required, as space is limited.  Some courses provide continuing education credits for Certified Floodplain Managers (CFMs).  See

To register for any of the free webinars, link to WebEx Meetings and Training Center.  For more on the CRS webinars, go to If you have questions about or suggestions for the CRS Webinar Series, contact


2018 WebEx Webinars

WebEx seminars focus on several different topics, including NFIP Basics, Elevation Certificates, Floodplain Management and the CRS program.  The webinars are free and most are only 1 hour long.  

To register for any of the free webinars, link to WebEx Meetings and Training Center.


ASFPM Webinars

For a full list of upcoming ASFPM webinars, check out the ASFPM Webinar Page.



Building Code Resources

Access FEMA’s free building code resources for all hazards at


Check out NFIP Online Training


Emergency Management Institute (EMI) 2018 Training

EMI is the best-kept-secret, and you need to add them to your radar as the nation’s best training opportunity. Their program includes reimbursement for flights and lodging for state and local officials when attending on their Maryland campus. To take a course at EMI, applicants must meet the selection criteria and prerequisites specified for each course.  Link to the upcoming 2018 courses below:

To learn more about EMI, go to

2018 Floodplain Management/Mitigation Courses 

  • January 22 – 25, 2018 – E0273 Managing Floodplain Development thru the NFIP
  • February 5 – 8, 2018 – E0284 Advanced Floodplain Management Concepts III
  1. Floodway Standards (1 day).
  2. Disconnects between NFIP Regulations and Insurance (1 day).
  3. Common Noncompliance Issues (½ day)
  4. Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (DFIRMs) (½ day).
  5. Substantial Improvement/Substantial Damage (1 day).
  • March 26 – 29, 2018 – E0278 NFIP/Community Rating System
  • March 26 – 29, 2018 – E0176 Hazus-MH for Floodplain Managers
  • April 2 – 5, 2018 – E0190 ArcGIS for Emergency Managers
  • April 30 – May 3, 2018 – E0212 HMA: Developing Quality Application Elements
  • April 30 – May 3, 2018 – E0241 Cooperating Technical Partners: Special Topics
  • May 7 – 10, 2018 E0273 – Managing Floodplain Development thru the NFIP
  • May 14 – 17, 2018 E0279 – Retrofitting Floodprone Residential Buildings
  • June 25 – 28, 2018 – E0278 NFIP/Community Rating System
  • June 25 – 26, 2018 – E0213 HMA: Application Review and Evaluation
  • June 27 – 28, 2018 – E0214 HMA: Project Implementation & Program Closeout
  • July 9 – 12, 2018 – E0194 Advanced Floodplain Management Concepts
  1. NFIP Floodplain Rules and Regulations in Depth (1 day).
  2. LOMC – Procedures for Applying and FPM Implications (1 day).
  3. Roles and Responsibilities of the Local Floodplain Manager (1 day).
  4. Preparing for Post-Disaster Responsibilities (1 day).
  • July 30 – Aug 2, 2018 – E0282 Advanced Floodplain Management Concepts II
  1. Higher Standards in Floodplain Management (1 day).
  2. Manufactured Homes and RV’s in the Floodplain (1 day).
  3. NFIP Flood Insurance Principles for the Floodplain Manager (1 day).
  4. Hydrology and Hydraulics for the FPM (1 day).
  • August 13 – 16, 2018 – E0386 Residential Coastal Construction
  • August 27 – 30, 2018 – E0273 Managing Floodplain Development thru the NFIP


EMI Offers Expanded Public Information Officer Training in Progressive Learning Series

EMI is now offering a series of eight courses for Public Information Officers (PIOs) to teach them to communicate effectively and provide accessible information for all affected audiences.  The first three courses are delivered by state, local, tribal, and territorial emergency management agencies and must be taken in the prescribed sequence. To check the course schedule in your area, go to the state emergency management web site or contact the State Training Officer.

  1. Public Information Officer Awareness is a one-day course to introduce the public information function and role of the PIO in the public safety and emergency management environment. The course is designed for new or less experienced state or local PIOs, or those who perform this role as a secondary function.
  1. Public Information Officer – Basic is a two-day course examining the value of communication before, during, and after an incident; it will help PIOs identify critical internal and external audiences.
  1. Joint Information System/Joint Information Center Planning for tribal, state and local PIOs is a one-day course outlining the communication for different incidents, and it defines the roles of the PIO within the Incident Command System.

At EMI: In addition, EMI offers the following PIO training courses at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland:

  • The Advanced Public Information Officer course, through multimedia lectures and individual and group activities, provides participants with the knowledge and skills to establish, manage, and work within a joint information center. Application deadlines are: March 31, 2017 for the May 15-19, 2017 class; and June 9, 2017 for the July 24-28, 2017 class.

For more information, contact Phil Politano at


Free Online Flood Insurance Courses

The NFIP offers free online courses covering basic and advanced flood insurance topics through the FEMA Emergency Management Institute’s Independent Study Program. Visit the NFIP Training pages for agents or claims adjusters for course details, or view the Independent Study Program catalog.


Other Training Opportunities 

Follow the links…

EPA Training/Webinars


FEMA Professional Development Series (PDA)

International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM)


Kentucky Specific 

Kentucky Community Crisis Response Board (KCCRB)

Kentucky Emergency Management Association (KEMA)

Northern Kentucky Specific Training


Private Sector  More Tools and Information

The private sector is a vital part of the emergency management team. The nation’s vast network of business, industry, academia, trade associations, and other non-governmental organizations as equal – and equally responsible – partners in every phase from preparedness to response and recovery to mitigation. FEMA has worked steadily to increase the level of private sector collaboration at all levels.

FEMA’s dedicated portal provides private sector resources and information covering the whole emergency management cycle. Link to











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