Search form

search button

We will be performing scheduled maintenance on Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 8:00 AM EST. Service is expected to be restored by 10:00 AM EST. However, this could run over. During this time Independent Study exams will not be available. Please contact us if you experience any issues outside of this maintenance window.

EMI Goes Green: Student course materials will no longer be available in printed format as common practice. Learn more about EMI's efforts to go green, and details about downloading student materials.

AWR-219: Site Protection through Observational Techniques (SPOT)

Training Provider LSU - Louisiana State University
Length 4.0 Hours
Type Mobile
Level Awareness

Course Description

Public safety personnel or other personnel who have extensive contact with the public are in the best position to identify unusual packages, suspicious substances, and people who are acting suspiciously. However, they need to acquire skills in what to look for and how to respond. Skills that can be acquired through rigorous emergency planning, regular emergency testing and drills, and extensive training. Specifically, security personnel must engage in the four activities included in the ongoing screening process: assessing, identifying, evaluating, and acting. The tragic events surrounding the bomb attack at the Boston Marathon (2013); the terrorist train bombings in Mumbai (2006), Madrid (2004), and Moscow (2004), and on the subway in London (2005); the terrorist aircraft attacks of September 11, 2001 in New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania; the ongoing suicide bomb attacks against buses in Israel; and, the Sarin attacks of the Tokyo subway system in 1995 are all terrible reminders of how vulnerable free nations are to terrorist attacks. As these threats have increased and evolved, the US government has expanded its support for initiatives to prepare personnel to respond appropriately and safely to terrorist incidents involving CBRNE that are targeted at our infrastructure. The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are supporting several major initiatives to improve the capability of agencies to respond to terrorist incidents. This Site Protection through Observational Techniques (SPOT) course is one of those major initiatives. It is designed to provide awareness-level training to public safety personnel. During this course, participants will be provided with an overview of security operations that can be used to protect assets from terrorist acts. Participants will be able to incorporate the four elements of SPOT, including assessment, identification, evaluation, and action, into their standard practices.

Course Objectives

  • Define assessment and discuss its importance, and assess targets in terms of their criticality, threats, vulnerabilities, and existing security countermeasures and zone location.
  • Identify preoperational activities of terrorists and criminals and evaluate those activities in relation to established baselines.
  • Describe appropriate actions, if any, to take based on previous evaluations as well as how to report those actions and related information.

Back to the top

MGT-414: Advanced Critical Infrastructure Protection

Training Provider TEEX - Texas Engineering Extension Service
Length 8.0 Hours
Type Mobile
Level Planning/Management

Course Description

The purpose of this management level course is to extend the knowledge, skills, and abilities developed in the awareness level course (AWR-213) and to formulate considerations for the resilience of jurisdictional assets leveraging cross-sector partnerships. These considerations as part of a resilience action plan will enhance the whole community’s ability to manage the risk associated with critical infrastructure protection efforts.

Course Objectives

  • Discuss the importance of resilience of critical infrastructure to the national homeland security strategy
  • Discuss the importance of cyber security to other sectors, as discussed in Federal strategy documents
  • Discuss the National Preparedness Goal as it relates to the whole community approach to resilience
  • Discuss the resources, methods and benefits of private sector participation in the PS-Prep Program
  • Identify jurisdictional critical infrastructure assets within all CI sectors
  • Identify interdependencies between the critical infrastructure sectors
  • Prioritize the critical infrastructure sector assets
  • Describe the purpose and components of a resilience plan
  • Prioritize assets within and across sectors
  • Analyze asset and sector impact on jurisdictional resilience
  • Develop next steps for asset resilience
  • Develop options for sector-specific next steps for highest-priority sectors
  • Develop a list of jurisdiction-level resilience actions
  • Identify additional critical infrastructure national level protective efforts
  • Review DHS-funded training and exercise support available to local jurisdictions
  • Discuss next steps toward jurisdictional resilience

Back to the top

PER-304: Social Media for Natural Disaster Response and Recovery

Training Provider UH-NDPTC - University of Hawaii, National Disaster Preparedness Training Center
Length 8.0 Hours
Type Mobile
Level Performance Off/Def

Course Description

This course enhances the participants’ abilities to build up an organization’s communication strategy for disaster preparedness, response and recovery. The course will provide participants with the knowledge and skills of social media and its uses and the current tools, methods, and models to properly make use of social media for crisis communication.

Participants will take part in facilitator-led activities that challenge them to identify effective social media platforms for their organizations to utilize during crises situations. In these activities, participants apply their knowledge with the presented material to actual disaster preparedness, response, and recovery issues. Through the use of social media tools, participants will learn and master skills to disseminate information and monitor, track, measure, and analyze social media traffic. Participants will be able to use social media as a method to identify warning signs that a crisis is developing.

The usage of social media for disaster preparedness has two components:

  1. As effective means for providing updated information about a crisis, proactive steps must be taken prior to disasters in order for effective communications to occur.
  2. As a part of crisis observation, managers should be monitoring social media platforms and channels that may be relevant to their organization.

Course Objectives

  • Describe the social media ecosystem
  • Identify actions to implement social media for disaster management
  • Implement specific social media platforms to increase the effectiveness of a disaster media plan and to build geo-focused social media emergency management networks
  • Create a Facebook account and utilize the functions of Facebook account concepts, fuctions and applications
  • Apply knowledge of social messaging strategies via a hands-on Twitter tutorial
  • Identify and utilize tools that assist in data mapping and organization from social media applications to better serve stakeholders and partners
  • Complete a post-test and course evaluation


  1. Participants will be required to bring their own laptop or WI-FI enabled device to the training session for the hands-on exercises.
  2. If you do not have an online account prior to the class start date, you may not be able to participate in the class.

Back to the top

Back to Top