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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 www.training.fema.gov.

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.

  1. www.training.fema.gov
  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

How long could you survive?

This poll is just food for thought. You know one of the biggest roadblocks to preparedness planning is the notion that “it won’t happen to me.” Most folks don’t believe that they will really find themselves in a situation that will require emergency preparedness plans. I can understand the perspective that this is all overkill “Chicken Little, the sky is falling” stuff.

But keep in mind that emergency preparedness doesn’t just support you and your loved ones during catastrophic end of days events. What about a fire in the home? What about the winter storm survey scenario? What about a tornado or hurricane? Are we at risk for scary life-altering terroristic events? Sure. We all witnessed the tragedies of September 11th. But have you internalized what the hurricane Katrina or tsunami victims really endured? Have you thought about what good ol’ Mother Nature can do on a whim?

Think about your answer to this poll. What category do you fall into? Which one would you prefer to fall into? Is it worth some effort, planning, and strategizing to get yourself there? I sure hope so.

Let me know what you think…