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Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

To find a CERT program near you, visit http://www.fema.gov/community-emergency-response-teams.

First Aid/CPR/AED Providers:

American Red Cross

American Heart Association/National Protection & Safety Consulting

EMS Safety Services (Training provided by DRA affiliated trainers) 

Online

American Red Cross
American Red Cross - Shelter Training

Shelter Fundamentals is a basic level course that introduces the guidelines and procedure for setting up, running and closing a shelter during a disaster. Referencing shelter checklists, participants will work on a case study that takes them through four of the six phases of the Sheltering Cycle: Opening, Organizing, Operating and Closing. Shelter Fundamentals is available in two delivery formats, instructor-led and online. Both formats cover the same content. This fact sheet describes both formats unless indicated.

At the end of the online course, participants are required to take a quiz and pass with a score of 80% or higher to earn a course certificate.

If you haven't already setup a free American Red Cross login account, you will be guided through a simple process to establish one. Browse "Disaster Cycle Service" for "Shelter Fundamentals." Also recommended; "Disaster Cycle Service: An Overview."

FEMA
IS-42: Social Media in Emergency Management

Increasingly the public is turning to social media technologies to obtain up to date information during emergencies and to share data about the disaster in the form of geo data, text, pictures, video, or a combination of these media. Social media also can allow for greater situational awareness for emergency responders. While social media allows for many opportunities to engage in an effective conversation with stakeholders, it also holds many challenges for emergency managers.

The purpose of this course is to provide the participants with best practices including tools, techniques and a basic roadmap to build capabilities in the use of social media technologies in their own emergency management organizations (State, local, Tribal) in order to further their emergency response missions.

IS-100.b Intro to Incident Command System, ICS-100

ICS-100, Introduction to the Incident Command System, introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System. It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

IS-288: The Role of Voluntary Agencies in Emergency Management

This independent study course provides a basic understanding of the history, roles and services of disaster relief voluntary agencies in providing disaster assistance. It is appropriate for both the general public and those involved in emergency management operations.

IS-360 Preparing for Mass Casualty Incidents: A Guide for Schools, Higher Education, and Houses of Worship

This course provides leading practices and resources to assist elementary and secondary schools, institutions of higher education, and houses of worship in developing emergency plans for preparing for, responding to, and recovering from mass casualty incidents.

IS-505 Religious and Cultural Literacy and Competency in Disaster

This course explores how religions and cultural communities react to emergencies and disasters, how their diversity can strengthen emergency management capabilities, and protective laws regarding these groups. Developed to support partnerships between first responder and faith-based organizations, the course will enable disaster workers to more effectively meet the needs of their community. This web-based course requires approximately 5 hours to complete. There is a test at the end of the course, and it carries 0.5 Continuing Education Unit credits.

IS-700.a NIMS An Introduction

This course introduces and overviews the National Incident Management System (NIMS). NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents.

IS-915: Protecting Critical Infrastructure Against Insider Threats

This course provides guidance to critical infrastructure employees and service providers on how to identify and take action against insider threats to critical infrastructure.

Northwest Center for Public Health Practice
Emergency Preparedness Leadership Series

This series on emergency preparedness and disaster leadership and management is a free 3.5-hour online course that will help you develop leadership skills for emergency preparedness and response. It includes a brief video giving an overview of emergency preparedness leadership, as well as courses on three key topics for leadership during times of crisis: managing change, making decisions, and communicating risks. You may take each of the courses individually and receive a certificate for each one. If you choose to complete all three courses, you can also receive a certificate for the series as a whole. Each course consists of 2–3 videos, followed by a short quiz. You must watch the videos and take the quiz in order to pass the course. To aid in your understanding, optional questions for reflection or discussion are also included with each course. You may discuss these questions in a forum with other course participants or with peers or colleagues, or you may reflect on them individually.

Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium
AWR 187-W Terrorism and WMD Awareness in the Workplace

This 30-minute, Web-based "Terrorism 101" course prepares learners to successfully recognize, report, and react to potential terrorist incidents. In the first two lessons, learners develop a broad understanding of terrorism, including a definition of terrorism as well as examples of terrorist groups and targets. In addition, learners gain insight into the importance of protecting private sector resources through awareness-level training. The last two lessons list various weapons of mass destruction (WMD), relay indicators of potential terrorist activity, and outline actions to be taken in the event of a potential terrorist attack. Course was updated and recertified in July 2011.

Course Prerequisites: Participant must be a U.S. citizen. 

Texas A & M Extension Services
AWR-175-W - Information Security for Everyone

Information Security for Everyone is designed to teach the principles and practices that all computer users need to keep themselves safe, both at work and at home. By presenting best practices along with a small amount of theory, trainees are taught both what to do and why to do it. Topics covered include how to secure both clean and corrupted systems, protecting your personal data, securing simple computer networks, and safe Internet usage.