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About EMI

Aerial Photo of the National Emergency Training Center Campus


The National Emergency Training Center (NETC) in Emmitsburg, Maryland, is the home of the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) and offers the finest in educational resources. The 107 acre campus also houses the U.S. Fire Administration and the National Fire Academy. The campus is located 12 miles south of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; 75 miles north of the District of Columbia; and 50 miles northwest of Baltimore, Maryland.

The campus is fully equipped with air-conditioned classrooms, lodging for participants, a library, and dining and recreational facilities. There are also several specialized facilities, such as the simulation and exercise laboratory, a television studio, and four computer laboratories that are integral to the instruction of many courses.


The mission of the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) is to “Support the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) goals by improving the competencies of U.S. officials at all levels of Government to prevent, prepare for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the potential effects of all types of disasters and emergencies on the American people.”

Located on the campus of the National Emergency Training Center (NETC) in Emmitsburg, Maryland, EMI is the emergency management community’s flagship training institution. EMI provides training to Federal, state, local, tribal, volunteer, public, and private sector officials to strengthen emergency management core competencies for professional, career-long training. EMI trains more than two million students annually.

Instruction incorporates the principles of emergency management through instructional systems design in order to create a framework for the whole community to reduce vulnerability to hazards and to cope with disasters. EMI develops courses and implements training delivery systems to include residential onsite training; offsite delivery in partnership with emergency management training systems, colleges, and universities; and technology-based mediums to conduct individual training courses for emergency management and response personnel across the Nation.

NETC Library

The NETC library has, for more than three decades, been the home to the Nation’s preeminent collection of all-hazards first responder resources. The more than 200,000 titles encompass the entire gamut of natural and manmade hazards from fires and hurricanes to tornadoes and flooding, from chemical and biological to radiological and nuclear hazards. The emergency management, fire, and emergency medical services collections in particular have the greatest depth and breadth of any in the United States.

Library staff routinely supply answers to simple requests either on the phone or via e mail. In response to more complex subject inquiries, staff will conduct literature searches, compile bibliographies, and, depending on copyright restrictions, provide documentation in the form of reports and articles.

The library is open to the general public; however, only NETC personnel and participants may borrow materials directly from the library. Visitors to the library should call at least 24 hours in advance at (301) 447 1046. This will help expedite entry through Security. Admittance will not be granted after 5 p.m. (Monday–Thursday) or on the weekend unless prior arrangements have been made.

When classes are in session, the library’s regular schedule of hours is Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. EST/EDT. Specifically in support of the NETC curriculum, the library is open some weekends and evenings. Please call ahead when visiting the library at these times.

Visit the library web site at to search the extensive collection.

Contact the library at:

National Emergency Training Center
16825 South Seton Avenue
Emmitsburg, Maryland 21727
1 800 638 1821
(301) 447 1030
(301) 447 3217 (fax) (e mail) (online card catalog)

The National Civil Defense/Emergency Management Monument

On November 13, 1999, President Clinton signed a bill (HR 348/PL 106 103) that granted authority to the National Civil Defense Monument Commission to construct a monument at FEMA’s NETC in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

The purpose of the monument is to honor the thousands of civil defense and emergency management professionals and volunteers who have worked hard and faithfully to protect the public from both manmade and natural hazards. This monument particularly recognizes the numerous military and civilian volunteers and professionals who have gone beyond the normal call of duty to save lives and alleviate suffering in times of crises. The monument serves as an enduring reminder of the heartfelt thanks that a multitude of people feel whenever they remember those who have selflessly served them, or their loved ones, in times of great need.

The centerpiece of the monument is a 15 ton block of polished white Vermont granite, shaped as a three-sided pyramid, representative of the Federal, state, and local governments and their efforts in working together to accomplish a joint mission. The triangular base is 5 feet on each side, rising to 15 feet in height. The pinnacle of the monument is capped with a large, bronze American eagle, sculpted by the world-renowned sculptor, Lorenzo Ghiglieri. The base is encircled by a stone and concrete plaza with appropriately inscribed bronze state plaques embedded in concrete, surrounded by a circle of state flags. A brick wall rises approximately 3 feet in height on the back or south side of the plaza. Near the edge of the plaza are two bronze plaques bearing the names of advocates and members of the Monument Commission.

The monument was dedicated on April 6, 2002. The Commission plans to hold an annual memorial service to pay tribute to those who have given to their fellow citizens by mitigating the potential losses from emergency situations, for those who have responded to emergencies, and to the professionals and our elected officials who strive to improve the methods of handling emergencies.

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