An Integrated Emergency Management Course (IEMC) was developed to introduce the NRF and to reinforce the understanding of the roles and relationships among Federal, State, Tribal, and local emergency management organizations as well as the private sector and nongovernmental agencies. The course emphasizes the requirement for all emergency management stakeholders to operate in an integrated, collaborative environment when responding to any incident. This course also strengthens the State’s internal Emergency Operations Center staffing capacity in a no-fault training environment so that more personnel with practical experience can staff the EOC during an incident. The more experienced State EMA and Agency personnel assisted during the exercise as controllers in the Simulation Cell. This enabled lesser qualified personnel to enhance their learning experience by performing the tasks associated with their position during the functional exercise.
The NRF IEMC is conducted using each State’s Emergency Operations Centers and its existing resources, policies, plans, procedures, communications, and information technology. These tailored exercises are designed in coordination with each State and attempt to replicate the realistic challenges that stimulate the State and Federal decision-making process and introduce long-term solutions to resolve those challenges to benefit a more effective, i.e., integrated and collaborative, response. Each State was able to choose between a three-day course composed of two days of classroom instruction and a one-day response exercise or a four-day course that adds a recovery exercise on the fourth day.
In addition to familiarizing participants with the NRF and NIMS, instructional goals for these courses address key topical areas such as State Hazards, Situational Analysis, Common Operating Picture, the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) and the procedures and protocols for supplying and acquiring NIMS-typed resources.
Provide training on the interactions necessary for effective management of domestic incidents.
Exercise the interfaces between all levels of government with the State EOC in alignment with the National Framework.
The target audience for this course includes the State’s EOC management personnel and all State-level agency personnel assigned to the State EOC during activations. EOC management personnel include, but are not limited to, State EMA leadership, city/county managers, general counsel, community/county managers, emergency managers, fire/police/public safety chiefs, public works and public health managers, EMS managers, community services providers, and key EOC support staff.
Continuing Education Units (CEUs):
EMI awards 2.5 CEUs for completion of this course.
The following courses are recommended to be completed by students prior to attending this course:
Three or 4 full days, depending on the amount of training and exercises as determined by each State. Travel days are Sunday/Monday and Thursday/Friday.
This field-delivered course is conducted completely within the individual State’s training facility or designated alternative training site.
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