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.  


2017 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 

The following one-hour topical webinars are on the calendar, and others will be scheduled.  All webinars begin at 1:00 pm EST / 10:00 am PST.

  • Preparing for a Verification Visit, Nov. 14
  • Changes in the 2017 CRS Coordinator’s Manual, July 18
  • CRS Class 4 Prerequisites, July 19
  • Flood Warning & Response (Activity 610), August 16
  • Preparing an Annual Recertification, August 15, Sept. 19
  • Floodplain Management Planning (Activity 510), Sept. 20
  • Introduction to the CRS, Oct. 17, Dec. 12
  • Developing a CRS Program for Public Information, Oct. 18
  • Working with Repetitive Loss Properties, Nov. 15

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


2017 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.



Free online course: Flood Provisions of the International Residential Code

May 15, 2017

FEMA Building Science in partnership with the International Code Council is proud to launch the new online course “Flood Provisions of the International Residential Code” in celebration of Building Safety Month. For a limited time, this course will be available free of charge.

Flood Provisions of the International Residential Code (IRC) is a two-part course presenting basic information needed to understand the flood provisions of the IRC. Its goal is to educate floodplain management and building officials, design professionals, and builders about: how the building code provisions satisfy the NFIP requirements for buildings, coordinating building codes and local floodplain management ordinances, and the distinctions between the International Codes and the NFIP floodplain management requirements.

The course can be accessed at the links below:

FEMA Building Science is celebrating Building Safety Month Week 3: Manage the Damage – Preparing for Natural Disasters

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


Emergency Management Institute (EMI) 2017 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 2017 courses below:

To learn more about EMI, go to

Check out NFIP Online Training


KAMP Training – 2017

Link to KAMP for events and see the upcoming events.  Links below go to the KAMP training opportunities so you can find out more or to register.

KAMP‘s 2017 KAMP/ KY GIS Conference, Louisville KY, September 5-7.


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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