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IS-102.C: Preparing for Federal Disaster Operations: FEMA Response Partners

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Course Overview

This course is designed to help prepare participants for deployment as a FEMA response partner to a domestic incident. Responding to incidents requires that we must be ready, willing, and able to deploy at a moment's notice. This course provides personnel with practical tips and advice for incident deployment.

Course Objectives:

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Prepare for deployment, including detailing what information to gather, what steps to take, and what things to pack.
  • Check in when arriving at the assigned location.
  • Acclimate to the working and living conditions at the assigned incident facility.
  • Take care of themselves during deployment.
  • Maintain standards for accountability.
  • Complete the check-out process.

Primary Audience

This course is designed for FEMA response partners, including personnel from other Federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and private-sector companies.

It is suggested that personnel who have not completed the IS-700 and IS-800b courses do so before completing this course. If you are a Reservist, you should complete the IS-101 Deployment Basics course, available through the FEMA Knowledge Center or the Independent Study Website.





Course Length:

1.5 hours
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