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COVID-19 Information for National Emergency Training Center Students

Note: effective July 28, 2021, all Federal employees, onsite contractors, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status or level of COVID transmission in your local area, are required to wear a mask inside all DHS workspaces and Federal buildings.

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.

The application deadline for Fiscal Year 2022 Integrated Emergency Management Course (IEMC) is February 1, 2021. Application packages should be submitted to the appropriate FEMA Regional Office no later than this date.

How to Apply for Consideration/Selection Process for an 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 the nomination package.
  • Step 3. The state’s endorsement letter and the jurisdiction’s application package are forwarded to the appropriate FEMA Regional Office by February 1, 2021.  The FEMA Regional Office will review the application package, attach a letter from the FEMA Regional Administrator with the appropriate endorsements, and forward the completed package to the Emergency Management Institute (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 CS-IEMC applications from each FEMA Region.
  • Deadline. Applications must be received by the Integrated Emergency Management Branch, from the FEMA Regional Offices, no later than February 15, 2021.  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 FY2021, CS-IEMC will be conducted between March 1 and April 15, 2021. The process is a collaborative effort between EMI and the FEMA Regions. EMI 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 with CS-IEMC 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 a CS-IEMC.

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 CS-IEMC should be no more than seven pages in total and must include the following information:

Section 1. General Information about the applying community:

  • Community Name
  • Sponsoring Region/Agency
  • Has an IEMC ever been conducted for this community? If yes, when and what hazard was exercised?
  • Is the community requesting an on-campus course (in Emmitsburg, MD), a local delivery in the community, or would either delivery method be acceptable?
  • Name, Title, Email and Phone for Primary Point of Contact
  • Name, Title, Email and Phone for Secondary Point of Contact
  • Will this IEMC be included in your department or jurisdictional Training and Exercise Plan?
  • Does the course/exercise support your jurisdictional Threats and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment? If yes, then provide supporting evidence
  • Is this community scheduled to host a National Special Security Event (NSSE) within the next two years? If yes, then provide supporting evidence
  • Is this community scheduled to participate in a National Level Exercise within the next two years? If yes, then provide supporting evidence
  • Description of the community’s demographics and critical infrastructure;
  • Explanation of why the community desires a CS-IEMC

Section 2. Letter of Request from the Community Senior Elected and/or Appointed Official

Please include a formal, signed, cover letter from the community’s senior executive officer, or designee for this application, requesting the CS-IEMC. This letter should be addressed to the Superintendent of the Emergency Management Institute and include the following verbiage within its text:

    “If this application is selected for a community specific IEMC in FY2022, the requesting community agrees to follow and apply all relevant evaluation and assessment guidance (EEG, Lessons Learned) and to follow the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) After Action Report (AAR) format. The community is responsible for the development of a formal After Action Report and improvement plan. A copy of the After Action Report, and Improvement Report will be provided by the community to the FEMA/EMI/IEM Branch within eight months of course completion”
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