Educational Resources for Personal Preparedness

Did you know that FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute offers a wide variety of preparedness courses online? These independent study courses are free of charge at

As a part of my job, I’ve been taking courses both online and in-person at the Emergency Management Institute for years. I’ve taken the time to review their available online courses and want to highlight the following courses for your interest:

  • IS 7.a – A Citizen’s Guide to Disaster Assistance
  • IS 10.a – Animals in Disasters – Awareness and Preparedness
  • IS 22 – Are You Ready? An in Depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness
  • IS 55 – Household Hazardous Materials – A Guide for Citizens
  • IS 111 – Livestock in Disasters
  • IS 324.a – Community Hurricane Preparedness
  • IS 326 – Community Tsunami Preparedness
  • IS 366 –  Planning for the Needs of Children in Disasters
  • IS 394.a – Protecting Your Home or Small Business from Disaster
  • IS 909 – Community Preparedness: Implementing Simple Activities for Everyone

If you are interested, go to the site and follow these steps to find the courses.

  2. Top left side of page – select “Emergency Management Institute”
  3. Top right side of page – select “EMI Independent Study Program”
  4. Scroll down to the middle of the page – select the blue banner “Total Active Courses: 126”
  5. Browse through the courses and select according to your needs

7 responses to “Educational Resources for Personal Preparedness

  • David

    Good stuff! I had no idea they had all those classes!

  • JoeCOOP

    That is a nice selection for folks who are interested. I will post it out also.

  • Joseph Travers

    For Your Personal Preparedness. A nice selection of online emergency management, personal preparedness, and Continutiy classes.

  • Geof L

    The classes are great. We also took thier advice and prepared a grab & go bag which we got from

  • JoeCOOP

    I found this article on the ITS webpage and I thought I would share it. Five knots that every prepper should know how to tie.

  • JoeCOOP

    Here is another good read for the educational section.

    ITS Tactical website: Zip Tie Escape info.​escape-zip-tie-restraints-with-​paracord-shoelaces

  • coopjoe

    I came across this reading list for Preppers and thought you folks might be interested in it.

    Top 10 Books a Prepper Should Have

    The following list of books are 10 books that are highly recommended for any serious prepper. They cover everything from survival security, food preparation and health. These books are the best of the best for survivalist and doomsday preppers.

    #10. FM 4-25-11 First Aid (2002) – Military First Aid Manual. First aid information is a must – get training before you need it – use this manual for reference.

    #9. Guide to Canning – Being able to preserve crops to be able to provide for yourself and your family long after the growing season is over is important. This guide will help with that.

    #8. Rangers Handbook (2006) – Crammed with info on demolitions, booby traps, communications, patrolling, tactical movement, battle drills, combat intelligence and much more

    #7. Where There is No Dentist – The author uses straightforward language and careful instructions to explain how to: examine patients; diagnose common dental problems; make and use dental equipment; use local anesthetics; place fillings; and remove teeth.

    #6. NATO Emergency War Surgery – While this is certainly not a manual that would stand alone in most persons emergency/disaster library, it is an absolutely necessary resource if you expect to handle any type of trauma where immediate comprehensive medical care is not available.

    #5. A Guide to Raised Bed Gardening – This is not an “all knowing” gardening book – however it provides a lot of information to the “urban gardener” before or after TSHTF. Best to get the experience and knowledge of gardening NOW rather than later.

    #4. FM 3-06 Combined Arms Operations in Urban Terrain – Combat techniques covered in the manual which may be very valuable in a “Roadwarrior”-type world.

    #3. 1881 Household Cyclopedia – A massive resource of information that much of it has been lost over the past 203 generations. From Angling to Knitting – its here

    #2. FM 21-76-1 Survival-Evasion-Recovery (1999) – Excellent manual geared towards the soldier that finds himself behind enemy lines

    #1. FM 21-76 US Army Survival Manual – From This manual has been written to help you acquire survival skills. It tells you how to travel, find water and food, shelter yourself from the weather and care for yourself if you become sick or injured. This information is first treated generally and then applied specifically to such special areas as the Arctic, the desert, the jungle and the ocean.1970 Military Issue Manual. General Introduction and Individual and Group Survival Orientation Navigation, Finding Water In All Parts of The Globe. How To Obtain Food, Start a Fire and much more

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