Training offered by FEMA can actually be taken by correspondence in many cases. Some classes even offer professional development credits upon successful completion, and best of all - they're free.


The independent study courses we recommend in order to get started include:


IS-1.A: Emergency Manager: An Orientation to the Position

IS-240.A: Leadership & Influence

IS-241.A: Decision Making and Problem Solving

IS-242.A: Effective Communication

IS-244.B: Developing and Managing Volunteers


These are just a few independent study courses available. We encourage you to consider getting as much training in emergency management as possible.

In addition, virtually every state offers some kind of training, as well. Contact your state emergency management organization and ask for their calendar of training events.