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20th Annual Emergency Management Higher Education Symposium

June 4-8, 2018

Emergency Management Institute

National Emergency Training Center, Emmitsburg, MD

Higher Education Symposium Information

FEMA Emergency Management Higher Education Program

A goal of the FEMA Higher Education Program is to support the development and dissemination of hazard, disaster and emergency management and homeland security-related academic resources and curricula to colleges and universities across the U.S and to encourage a global dialogue to promote the emergency management profession through education.

The Higher Education Program supports building disaster resistant and resilient communities through the promotion of quality education offerings, research and close collaboration with emergency management and first responder practitioners.

In 1994, the Higher Education program was formed at the Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, Maryland, with the aim of promoting college-based emergency management education for future emergency managers and other interested personnel. The primary goal of the FEMA Emergency Management Higher Education Program is to work with colleges and universities, emergency management professionals and stakeholder organizations to create a sustainable emergency management education system. This systems will collaborate to improve our emergency management capability through formal education, experiential learning, research, practice and experience centered on the 5 FEMA mission areas of protection, prevention, response, recovery and mitigation from the full range of natural, technological and intentional hazards which confront communities, states, the nation and the world.

For a listing of colleges and universities offering emergency management courses, certificates or degree programs, go to The College List. The description of the school's programs and points of contact information is found in the “College List” link.

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You will receive Activity Reports and other pertinent information concerning professional development. You also have the option of signing up for additional e-mail updates from FEMA and EMI. Visit the subscriber settings page to sign up for additional e-mail notices. Once there, you can also receive e-mail updates targeted to your geographic area by clicking on “subscriber preferences” and inserting your state and ZIP Code where requested.

The links above will guide you through various aspects of the Higher Education Program. If you have any questions, please contact Barbara L. Johnson at

Please note: Some of the websites linked from the Higher Ed courses, documents, presentations are not Federal government websites and may not necessarily operate under the same laws, regulations and policies as Federal websites.

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