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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.

IS-450: Emergency Preparedness for Federal Employees

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Course Overview

The goal of this course is to provide practical steps you can take to prepare for emergencies that could threaten your home, workplace, and community. This course is intended for Federal employees living and working outside of the National Capital Region.

The first lesson focuses on the importance of personal emergency preparedness and its relationship to your professional responsibilities as a Federal employee. The second lesson introduces the four steps to personal emergency preparedness: Be Informed, Make a Plan, Build a Kit, and Get Involved. The last lesson reinforces the concepts learned in the previous lessons by applying the four steps of emergency preparedness to a given scenario.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe the importance of emergency preparedness and its relationship to personal and professional responsibilities
  • Explain basic steps you should take today to be better prepared for a range of emergencies and increase your ability to recover from the effects
  • Identify items to include in an emergency supply kit for your home and workplace
  • Apply the four steps of emergency preparedness—Be Informed, Make a Plan, Build a Kit, and Get Involved—to a given scenario

Primary Audience

Federal employees living and working outside of the National Capital Region





Course Length:

1 hour
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  • Test questions are scrambled to protect test integrity
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