Emergency Management Professional Program of Study

The National Guard must understand how civilian agencies like FEMA operate during a homeland security incident to fully accomplish the Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) mission. In this effort the Homeland Security Institute (HSI) has aligned with FEMA in offering the FEMA Basic Instructor Course (FBIC.) This course will give each state's National Guard the ability to increase its overall readiness and capacity to collaboratively accomplish all Emergency Management related missions. This is accomplished through providing trained trainers, within the National Guard, who could provide the FEMA Basic Course instruction back at their home states.

The Emergency Management Professional Program (EMPP) of study provides a structured and progressive framework for acquiring the knowledge, skills, and abilities to operate alongside our civilian emergency management professionals, while bolstering our ability to meet the challenges of a dynamic and complex environment. Started in 2011, the Basic Academy provides the opportunity to acquire a foundational understanding of the key concepts of emergency management framework and the incident command structure. The academies' curriculum focuses on readying the Nation's emergency managers for catastrophic disasters through a whole community approach. This training is a key component within the HSI Joint Training Continuum Program.

Basic Academy

  • Provides the opportunity to acquire a foundational understanding of the key concepts of emergency management.
  • Enhances the early careers of emergency managers by combining the knowledge of fundamental systems, training, concepts and practices of contemporary emergency management.
  • Enables students to gain a common understanding of the roles, responsibilities, legal and ethical implications of emergency management; build an emergency management community of practice in the initial phase of their careers; and establish a network of professional contacts.

Curriculum (152 hours)

Course 1: E/L0101 Foundations of Emergency Management (80 hours)
Introduces the knowledge and skills needed to perform at the entry-level of emergency management. Topics include: prevention and protection, mitigation, response and recovery.
Course 2: E/L0102 Science for Disasters (24 hours)
An overview of the scientific principles and concepts that shape our increasingly dangerous world.
Course 3: E/L0103 Planning Emergency Operations (16 hours)
Basic planning concepts and processes unique to the field of emergency management.
Course 4: E/L0104 Exercise Design, now HSEEP (16 hours)
Introduction to the fundamentals of exercise simulation and design as integrated systems.
Course 5: E/L0105 Public Information and Warning (16 hours)
Introduces the role of the Public Information Officer in emergency management and provides information about the Integrated Public Alert and the Warning System.

Detailed Course Descriptions