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E–0237 2016 National Preparedness Symposium (Formerly the National Preparedness Directorate (NPD) National Training, Education, and Exercise Symposium)

"Building National Capabilities through Requirements-based Investments"


This symposium provides a review of training and exercise programs within the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that are applicable to our state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) partners. The symposium also provides a forum for sharing best practices and case studies in training and exercises from the SLTT level.


Provide attendees with the tools, knowledge, and network to improve training and exercise programs that identify and fill capability gaps posing the greatest risk.


Based on the information acquired during the 2016 National Preparedness Symposium, participants will identify at least one element to implement, modify, or validate in their training and exercise program.

The National Preparedness Symposium participants should be able to:

  • Identify tools, resources, processes, and methods for determining capability gaps in a participant’s jurisdiction that can be filled through training and validated by exercises.
    • Identify methods to determine if training is the appropriate element to close a capability gap.
  • Identify the tools for planning, executing, and evaluating training and exercise programs to close identified gaps.


May 24 – 26, 2016

Travel Days

Travel days are May 23 and May 27, 2016. Travel to EMI will be May 22, for students participating in E234, the Pre-Symposium Workshop. For students participating in E146, Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program, travel to EMI is May 21.

Travel and Per Diem for Federal staff is the responsibility of the participant’s office, directorate, or region.

Course Length

This course is 3 days in length. Travel days are Monday and Friday.


Emergency Management Institute
National Emergency Training Center (NETC)
Emmitsburg, Maryland

Target Audience

Participation is limited to:

  • National Preparedness Directorate Staff
  • State and Territorial Emergency Management Training and Exercise Training Officers (STO/ETO)
  • State Administrative Agency (SAA) Training and Exercise Officers
  • Tribal Emergency Management Officials including Tribal Training Officers
  • National Training and Education Division Training Partners
  • Federal Preparedness Coordinators
  • FEMA Regional and State National Incident Management System (NIMS) Points-of-contact
  • FEMA Regional Training Managers and Regional Exercise Officers (RTMs/REOs)
  • FEMA Headquarter Training and Exercise Staff

Additional Information:

For more information, contact the EMI National Training Liaison, Dan Lubman at (301) 447-1364, or by email

To Apply:

Complete a FEMA Form 119-25-1, General Admissions Application, with student signature and signature of supervisor or sponsoring agency official. Submit the application through the State Emergency Management Training office which will mail, scan, or fax it to:

NETC Admissions Office (Room I-216)
National Emergency Training Center
16825 South Seton Avenue
Emmitsburg, MD 21727-8998
Phone: (301) 447-1035 Fax: (301) 447-1658

FEMA Regional employees should submit their application to their Regional Training Manager (RTM). Tribal representatives can submit their application directly to NETC Admissions Office.

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