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About the Integrated Emergency Management Course (IEMC)

Your IEMC, is designed by your planning team with the support of training and exercise specialists at the Integrated Emergency Management Branch (IEMB) here at EMI. Each IEMC follows the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) methodology and utilizes SMART Objectives aligned to specific Core Capabilities within the scope of Emergency Operations Center (EOC) personnel responsibilities.

In addition to selected Core Capabilities, each IEMC is designed around the selected jurisdiction's hazards and organizational structure included within its emergency plans. Data reported in the jurisdiction's Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment and associated State Preparedness Report is used to design classroom and exercise components of the course.

State, Local, Territorial, and Tribal (SLTT) governments are responsible for

achieving greater coordination and responsiveness during times of crisis. Accomplishing this responsibility depends on the ability of EOC personnel to effectively engage each other and emergency support function partners in all five mission areas. Maintaining an effective readiness posture can be achieved through a well-coordinated program of training and exercises like the IEMC. Designing your IEMC so that the exercises are associated with the course work presented is a preferred method to develop skills and build expertise. The IEMC, offered by the Emergency Management Institute of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), places public officials and EOC personnel in simulated, but realistic, crisis situations within a structured learning environment.

The course culminates in a Functional Exercise designed to validate participant knowledge, awareness, flexibility, leadership, decision-making, and interpersonal skills, while in a simulated EOC environment. Participants are challenged to build upon their existing knowledge and experience by incorporating classroom learning into simulated operations during the exercise. The IEMC invites individuals to rehearse their emergency management roles under realistic crisis conditions and contribute professional growth to the community’s emergency response capability.

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