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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.

Applications for FY22 dates have been reveiwed and selections have been made. The application period has closed.

How to Apply

The annual application period opens May 1 and closes July 1.

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Application Procedures – Fiscal Year 2021

  1. Complete all 10 pre-requisites and attached a transcript to your online application showing completion
  2. Complete NETC Admissions Online Application
  3. Submit a narrative document that outlines your current job description, role in agency/jurisdictions exercise program.
  4. Complete the following two documents.  Once complete, these documents should be attached to the on-line application:
  5. A narrative statement requesting consideration for admission to the program and specifying the applicant’s qualifications, experience, and a summary of their current job duties.  Sign this narrative statement, to indicate your commitment to the two-year time frame to complete the program, including the Capstone presentation.
  6. A letter of recommendation from a Supervisor, noting they are aware of and support your participation in the program, including the K0136 MEPP Capstone requirement.
  7. Once the Application Package is complete with attachments and signatures, save the document as a PDF file with the following file naming convention:  LastnameFirstname.MEPP.FY21. 
    • Example:  SmithWilliam.MEPP.FY21
  8. The final step is to apply through the online admissions system.  Attach the completed Application Package within the online application.

Individuals Eligible for Reimbursement:

  • State, local, or tribal government representatives.
  • Recognized volunteer organization representatives.
  • Active emergency management organization representatives.
  • Representatives from state or local fire organizations.

If you do not apply for a stipend reimbursement within 60 days following the course start date, your stipend reimbursement will be denied.

Individuals Not Eligible for Stipend Reimbursement:

  • Federal government. (Federal students are subject to federal travel regulations and travel under orders prepared by their office.)
  • Private industry employees.
  • Employees who are contracted to federal, state, or local government entities (such as rural-metro departments).
  • Representatives of a foreign organization.
  • For EMI only: students eligible for federally funded grants.

Contact NETC Admissions at (301) 447-1035 if you have additional questions regarding your eligibility.

Submitting Your Application Package

If you are eligible for reimbursement, you must forward your entire application package following the steps below:

  • Submit the items above using the NETC Online Admissions system
  • NETC Admissions and EMI/IEMB will review applications for completeness and forward to the appropriate FEMA Region
  • FEMA Regions will submit prioritized list of applicants from each Region EMI/NETC Admissions.
  • EMI/IEMB reviewed and prioritized list will be provided to EMI Superintendent
  • Final MEPP Candidate Selections made
  • Candidate formally receives a letter of acceptance from NETC and EMI in mid-August

Note: If NETC admission receives an application without an STO signature, the application will be returned to the applicant.

Application Review Process and Timeline

The review process for the MEPP Candidates will be conducted between July 15-30 annually. 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 MEPP candidate recommendations, to include the original prioritized ranking of application packets received from the FEMA Regional Training Managers. The Superintendent of the Emergency Management Institute will make the final decision regarding the candidate(s) acceptance into the Master Exercise Practitioner Program.
NETC Admissions will notify applicants regarding their status by mid-August. If you have not received information via email or mail as to your MEPP status by that time, you may contact the NETC Admissions Office at (301) 447-1035 or toll free (800) 238-3358, extension 1035.

Wait List

For the NETC Admissions Office to maintain a current waiting list for the MEP Program, EMI resident MEPP application packages will be valid only for the MEPP Series within the Federal Fiscal Year in which they are submitted and for the MEPP Series numbers indicated on the FEMA Form FF-USFA-FY-21-101 (formerly 119-25-0-1). After that time, your package will be invalid. You will need to apply during the next open application period with a NEW and updated application package. Please note application requirements change annual, so re-submitting an outdated application will result in it being returned.
The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) is an element of the FEMA’s Protection and National Preparedness (PNP) Directorate.

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