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The Federal Emergency Management Agency continues to monitor the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as it relates to COVID-19. To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the CDC is encouraging organizations to promote social distancing, hold meetings via videoconferencing, reduce non-essential travel, and adjust or postpone events and gatherings. We also continue to evaluate the local and national situation and will provide regular updates.

Students will be notified in advance concerning the status of their on-campus course offering.

We thank you for your understanding, and we invite you to visit our extensive catalog of Independent Study Courses as well as classroom courses available by virtual delivery.

COVID-19 Information for National Emergency Training Center Students

Explore the information below to learn about measures the National Emergency Training Center (NETC) is taking to protect you from COVID-19 while on campus when training resumes and other related policy changes in effect during the pandemic.

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Guidance on Vaccinated Persons and COVID-19 Testing

As a result of the recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) update on recommended testing guidelines for COVID-19 vaccinated persons, FEMA updated its health and safety procedures.

Testing Exemptions

Effective Monday, May 10, fully COVID-19 vaccinated individuals are exempted from displaying a negative COVID-19 test result for access to FEMA facilities if they are:

  • Fully vaccinated: It’s been two weeks or more since they received the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine (two-dose series), or two weeks or more following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson); and
  • Asymptomatic

In lieu of a negative COVID-19 test result, the individual may visually display one of the following:

  • Original, copy, or photo of their official government-issued COVID-19 Vaccination Card
  • A signed statement from their doctor and/or healthcare provider on official letterhead stating that the individual is fully vaccinated as of a specific date
  • An official medical record from their doctor and/or healthcare provider demonstrating vaccination status
  • Any other official vaccination record issued by a government agency (e.g.: Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense) that provides the required information about their COVID-19 vaccination status including immunization dates

FEMA will not retain a copy of any healthcare provider documentation.

As this is a voluntary exemption, no person is required to report their vaccination status except for the process described above. Should a person elect to not provide their vaccination proof or be unable to provide proof, the person must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test, taken within the past 72 hours, prior to entry at the FEMA facility.

Daily temperature screenings are mandatory on the NETC campus for ALL visitors and staff, regardless of vaccination status.

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Guidance on Non-Vaccinated Persons and COVID-19 Testing

If you are not fully vaccinated or at least two weeks beyond your final dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine (two-dose series), or one dose of a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson) upon entrance to NETC you must continue adhering to all mandatory worksite protections, including:

  • Displaying proof of a negative COVID-19 test or be tested on campus every 72 hours;
  • Frequently washing hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available;
  • Avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth;
  • Staying at home when sick, or in other words, not making the trip to NETC;
  • Physical distancing (specifically, staying 6 feet away from others when you must go into shared space); AND
  • Wearing a mask in all common areas including entrances, elevators, restrooms, common areas and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) transportation. Exceptions are when alone in a vehicle or enclosed private space, or for a limited time when actively eating or drinking.

The health, wellness and safety of our students, instructors and staff is paramount. NETC staff is continuously monitoring and evaluating the national COVID-19 situation and the current guidance in Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Based on COVID-19 conditions, training at the NETC campus will be evaluated weekly. Training may be cancelled as late as the Thursday prior to your scheduled arrival on campus.

If you are ill within 14 days prior to training, we ask that you do not attend training. We want you to closely monitor your health and avoid situations or areas that are high risk for COVID-19 or other fever-related illnesses 14 days prior to arriving.

National Emergency Training Center COVID-19 Mitigation Measures

Temperature and health screening procedures

Daily temperature screenings are required for all students and instructors following Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/FEMA temperature screening procedures. COVID-19 testing for non-vaccinated persons will occur every 72 hours.

Students and instructors arriving via bus and or personal/department vehicle will be directed to proceed directly to Building B for temperature screening and testing prior to entrance to Building C West (Student Services) for room assignments.

Students will enter Building B via the main door on the east side of the building and exit through the northwest door adjacent to the patio area.

Building B flow for covid-19 testing

Building B location points

violet circle Temperature screening points
green rectangle Pool tables
gray rectangle Furniture staging area
blue square COVID-19 screening registration
black arrow pointing right Travel direction
dark gray star COVID-19 test site
red horizontal line Stanchion barrier
gray rectangle Test result waiting area
floor sticker indicating where people should stand for social distance

Example of sticker located on the floor throughout the direction of travel. These are placed 6 feet apart to reinforce social distancing.

Where to park for screening

Campus employees and commuting students should use the Building A parking lot. Resident students and instructors are not authorized to park in this area. Handicapped parking is located between Buildings B and C.

Students and instructors will be asked to respond to 5 questions:

  1. Do you feel ill or have you taken any medication today for the purpose of reducing a fever?
  2. Have you tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days?
  3. Have you received the complete series of the COVID-19 vaccine AND have 14 days passed since your final dose? (Pfizer/Moderna: 2 doses, Johnson & Johnson: 1 dose)
  4. Have you tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days?
  5. Are you a close contact of someone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
If Then
Student/instructor answers “no” to all the questions and passes the temperature screening, Facility access will be granted.
Student/instructor arrives via personal/department vehicle and exhibits a temperature of 100.4° F or above, or answers “yes” to any of the questions, Facility access will be denied and the student/instructor will be asked to return home.
Student arrives via public or government-provided transportation and exhibits a temperature of 100.4 degrees F or above, or answers “yes” to any of the questions, Student will be isolated to a dorm room in Building F and advised to remain in the room until a medical assessment can be completed.

Temperature Screening Stickers

Students and instructors are required daily to complete a temperature screening each morning in Building B prior to movement into any other building. Each student and instructor will receive a daily temperature screening sticker. The sticker should be placed on the back of your badge.

Any student observed without a sticker will be denied access to the cafeteria and classrooms. Classroom access will be controlled by the instructor. Access to the cafeteria will be controlled by staff at the cash register.

If You Become Ill

In the event a student or instructor exhibits a temperature of 100.4 degrees F or higher, they will be directed back to their dormitory room and will await medical attention.

  • High temperatures will be reported via campus dispatch radio to the Management, Operations and Support Services director, facility chief, security specialist, NETC Safety and respective educational leadership.
  • Any student or instructor who feels ill will be directed back to their dormitory room and will await medical attention. Campus nurse and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) will attend to sick students at dormitory room locations.
  • Campus EMTs and local first responders will continue to respond to emergency calls at any location on campus.
  • In accordance with current guidance, no persons exhibiting signs of COVID-19 will go to a medical facility prior to being assessed by medical authorities and tested on campus.
  • Building F dormitory is designated as the isolation building if quarantine is necessary for any student or instructor based on a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case.

Steps We're Taking to Protect You

We have put in place various COVID-19 mitigation measures on the NETC campus. These mitigation measures are like what you are currently experiencing in your state or jurisdiction. We will implement priority behavior practices daily on the NETC campus as follows:

  1. Social distancing (specifically, staying 6 feet away from others when you must go into shared space).
  2. Frequently washing hands or the use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
  3. Avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth.
  4. Staying at home when sick, or in other words, not making the trip to NETC.
  5. Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Social Distancing will always be practiced.

Housing will be in the form of single rooms; when possible, alternating rooms on each dormitory floor.

Dining is limited to 50 students at a time with scheduled mealtimes for all students.

Dining Hall Hours

Ticket Color Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Light Blue 6:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Yellow 6:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. 5:30 p.m.
Tan 7:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.
Light Green 7:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m.

Restrooms/Break Areas will be carefully monitored for capacity. The course manager and/or instructors will establish break schedules. Break food will consist of bottled water/juice and cans of soda. Prepackaged food (i.e., bags of chips, cookies, crackers, healthy breakfast bars, etc.) will be provided as part of the meal ticket.

Recreational Facilities to include the Building H pool, gym, workout room, locker rooms and Command Post Pub will remain closed. Outdoor areas can be used for exercise. We will encourage outdoor areas to be used for training and dining (weather dependent).

Airport Transportation will be provided as normal. Masks are required. Students must maintain social distancing when arriving/departing campus via FEMA transportation.

Cleaning and Disinfecting according to specific COVID-19 Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/FEMA guidance will be followed for all campus areas.

Campus Capacities for all common areas, classrooms, breakout rooms, restrooms and other locations will be marked. Please adhere to the designated capacities in all areas.

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