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How to apply for consideration for a Complex Coordinated Attack IEMC

  • Step 1. The chief official of the jurisdiction submits a letter of request, nomination package (see requirements below), and supporting documentation to the respective State Office of Emergency Management.
  • Step 2. The State Office of Emergency Management (OEM) will review the package and attach a letter from the State’s accountable executive with the appropriate endorsements and forward the complete package to the appropriate FEMA Regional Office. This letter should explain how this request will meet State’s emergency management objectives. Include complete contact information, and any additional comments supporting the justification of this nomination package
  • Step 3. The State’s endorsement letter and the jurisdiction’s application package are forwarded to the appropriate FEMA Regional Office by March 15, 2018. The FEMA Regional Office will review the application package, attach a letter from the FEMA Regional Administrator with the appropriate endorsements, and forward the complete package to EMI. This letter will include the nomination’s priority rank, rationale for ranking, and any additional relevant comments. Prior to the start of the final reviewing process, EMI will request a consolidated prioritized ranking of applications from each FEMA Region.
  • Deadline. Applications must be received by the Integrated Emergency Management Branch, from the FEMA Regional Offices, no later than April 1, 2018. FEMA Regional Offices should submit applications via email to A copy of the application can be mailed to:

    IEMC Application
    C/O IEMB F-116
    16825 S. Seton Avenue
    Emmitsburg, MD 21727

Application Review Process. The review process for the awarding of FY2019 Preparing Communities for a Complex Coordinated Attack IEMCs will be conducted between April 1 and April 30, 2018. The process is a collaborative effort between EMI and FEMA Headquarters. EMI and FEMA Headquarters will convene a Review Board and, if additional information is needed, will contact and discuss the application packets with the appropriate FEMA Regional Office. The Review Board will provide the Superintendent of the Emergency Management Institute candidate recommendations for award/non-award, to include the original prioritized ranking of application packets received from the FEMA Regional Administrators. The Superintendent of the Emergency Management Institute will make the final decision regarding the award/non-award of IEMCs.

If you have any questions concerning the IEMC Application process, please contact the Integrated Emergency Management Staff at: 301-447-1381 or via email at

Application Packages for Preparing Communities for a Complex Coordinated Attack IEMCs should be no more than seven pages in total and must include the following information:

Nomination Packages for IEMC: Preparing the Whole Community for a Complex Coordinated Attack must include the following information:

Section 1. General Information about the applying community:

  • Community Name
  • Sponsoring Region/Agency
  • Name, Title, Email and Phone for Primary Point of Contact
  • Name, Title, Email and Phone for Secondary Point of Contact
  • Indicate whether you are requesting a local delivery, an on-campus/EMI delivery, or if you have no preference.
  • Indicate the time of year in which you would prefer to participate in the course; or indicate if you have no preference.
  • Provide an overview of the community’s demographics and critical infrastructure. Applications are scored according to population size and density as well as the density and number of potential targets, such as open-air commercial/downtown districts, shopping centers, universities, large employers, concert and sporting venues, etc.
  • Please describe the current status of integrated planning between fire/EMS and law enforcement for high-threat incidents such as active shooter, explosives response, etc. Please describe any joint training or exercises related specifically to these threats within the past two years.
  • Is this community scheduled to host a National Special Security event within the next two years? In addition, please briefly describe the number and nature of any annual/regular large special events (<25,000 attendees).
  • What core capabilities is the jurisdiction most interested in exploring during this course?

Section 2. Supporting documentation. If applicable, this documentation may include:

  • Description of the jurisdiction’s existing interagency coordination and cooperation as it relates to operational response- i.e. response structure, mutual aid partners, regionally shared assets etc.
  • Training and exercise history specifically relevant to integrated high-threat operations including active shooter, improvised explosive devices, and/or terrorist attacks
  • A local threat assessment for high-threat/terrorist incidents prepared by a fusion center or police intelligence unit to include domestic and foreign incidents and organizations
  • Any applicable information from the Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment or State Preparedness Report
  • Additional documentation that the community deems necessary to support their nomination package. This should be limited to information that directly relates to high-threat response, complex incident management, mass casualty incidents, or areas of risk or concern related to high-threat incidents/terrorist attacks in the jurisdiction.

Section 3. Letter of Request from the Community Senior Elected and/or Appointed Official

  • It is strongly recommended that the letters of support include a jointly signed letter from the chiefs of each key first response agency in the jurisdiction and if appropriate, invited mutual aid partners.
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