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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.

We will be performing scheduled maintenance on Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 7:00 AM EDT. Service is expected to be restored by 10:00 AM EDT. However, this could run over. During this time Independent Study exams, The Online Admissions Application, IMDA, and STAR will not be available. Please contact us if you experience any issues outside of this maintenance window.

The Higher Education website is pending an update/redesign targeted for completion this Fall. Contact the Higher Education Program with questions or concerns.

22nd Annual Emergency Management Higher Education Symposium

June 1-4, 2020

Emergency Management Institute

National Emergency Training Center, Emmitsburg, MD

Higher Education Symposium Information

Higher Education Program

The FEMA Strategic Plan states that “meeting the emerging challenges of 21st century disasters and the changing nature of the risks we face requires innovation and engagement with the whole community, including academia, emergency management professional organizations, and the private sector, to harness the collective creativity to solve our toughest challenges.”

The mission of the Higher Education Program is to engage academia, emergency management professional organizations, and practitioners to work together to foster a culture of continuous learning and innovation through education and research to meet the challenges that confront the Nation.

Since 1994, the Higher Education Program has helped foster growth in the academic community to include more than 692 college and university-based programs in emergency management, homeland security, and related fields.

For more information go to The College List. If you have questions, please contact Barbara Johnson at Please note: many of the linked websites are not Federal websites and may not operate under the same laws, regulations and policies.

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