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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 will review the package, and will attach a letter with the appropriate endorsements. This letter should also outline how acceptance of this request will meet state emergency management objectives, additional comments concerning this nomination package, and complete contact information.
  • Step 3.  The State’s endorsement letter and the jurisdiction’s application package are forwarded to the appropriate FEMA Regional Office The FEMA Regional Office will review the application package. The Regional RTM/REO/FPC will attach a letter of with the appropriate endorsements. This letter will also include the signatory’s or a POCs complete contact information, the nomination’s priority ranking with rationale for this ranking, and any additional comments concerning the nomination package.
  • Deadline.  Applications must be received by the Integrated Emergency Management Branch at EMI from the FEMA Regional Offices no later than January 15th of each year. 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.  Between January 15 and February 15, EMI staff will evaluate the applications. By March 31, the jurisdictions selected to receive an IEMC in the upcoming fiscal year will be notified. Those jurisdictions not selected will also be notified. In addition, FEMA Regional Offices and State Emergency Management Offices will be notified of the selections. Communities that are not selected but would like to be considered for the next year must re-apply. Applications are not automatically reconsidered in the next year.

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

Nomination Packages for Community-Specific IEMCs 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?
    • 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?
    • Is this community scheduled to host a National Special Security event within the next two years?
    • Is this community scheduled to participate in a National Level Training Exercise within the next two years?
    • Provide an overview of the community’s demographics and critical infrastructure
    • Provide a synopsis of the community’s disaster history including impact of each disaster.
    • What has the community accomplished to help improve its emergency management ability?
    • What are the community’s major strengths and areas for improvement related to preparedness as identified in exercises and real-world events.
    • Why does the community what to have an IEMC?
  • Section 2. Exercise/Course Specifics.
    • Core Capabilities – Please list three to seven core capabilities that you wish to exercise during the IEMC.
    • Threats and Hazards – Please list threats or hazards that you would like to address with this exercise.
    • Exercise Objectives - Please provide draft exercise objectives that you hope to focus on for your IEMC. These should be supported by the selected Core Capabilities to be tested.
    • Hazard Scenario – Please provide a synopsis of your scheduled exercise scenario.
    • Hazard Impacts – Based on your requested scenario, describe the impact to the community should the disaster occur (infrastructure, population, etc).
    • Plans, Policies, Procedures, and Corrective Actions – Please list all plans, policies, procedures, and corrective actions that will be exercised by the IEMC. Provide effective dates for each.
  • Section 3. Community Evaluation Agreement – Please include the following statement and either the agreement or disagreement of the Community Emergency Management Representative.

    “If this application is selected for a community specific IEMC in FY2017, the requesting community agrees to follow and/or apply all relevant evaluation and assessment guidance (eg. EEGs, 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 an After Action Report and Improvement Plan. A copy of the evaluation data collected, the After Action Report, and Improvement Report will be provided by the community to FEMA/EMI/IEM Branch within 8 months of course completion.”
  • Section 4. Supporting documentation. This documentation may include:
    • Description of the government structure (include an organizational chart if possible),
    • Emergency management training and exercise history,
    • Applicable information from the Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment,
    • Applicable information from the State Preparedness Report,
    • Additional document that the community deems necessary to support their nomination package.
  • Section 5. Letter of Request from the Community Senior Elected and/or Appointed Official
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