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IS-800.B: National Response Framework, An Introduction

This course is currently being reviewed and revised to incorporate new information from the recently revised National Response Framework. This course will remain available for completion until the revised course is implemented.

Technical Information

Although EMI strives to make its independent study courseware compatible with all major web browsers, some users have experienced difficulty taking IS-800.b with browsers other than Internet Explorer. We highly recommend that Internet Explorer be used to take this course. We plan to have a fix available soon.

Note: On February 4th, 2008, the Independent Study Program implemented the EMI course IS-800.B, National Response Framework, an Introduction.

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Course Overview

The course introduces participants to the concepts and principles of the National Response Framework.

Course Objectives:

At the end of this course, you will be able to describe:

  • The purpose of the National Response Framework.
  • The response doctrine established by the National Response Framework.
  • The roles and responsibilities of entities as specified in the National Response Framework.
  • The actions that support national response.
  • The response organizations used for multiagency coordination.
  • How planning relates to national preparedness.

You can find more information about the National Response Framework by clicking on the following link

Additional Resources

  • What’s new in the NRF?

Primary Audience

This course is intended for government executives, private-sector and nongovernmental organization (NGO) leaders, and emergency management practitioners. This includes senior elected and appointed leaders, such as Federal department or agency heads, State Governors, mayors, tribal leaders, and city or county officials – those who have a responsibility to provide for effective response.





Course Length:

3 hours
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