Training & Resources


Also check our CALENDAR page for more TRAINING!


Ohio EMA has new system updates for WebEOC. 
All training sessions will be held at Ohio EMA in room 124.

May, 15 - 9 AM

May, 17 1 PM

June, 12 - 9 AM

June, 14 - 1 PM

July, 10 - 9 AM

July, 12 - 1 PM

August, 14 - 9 AM

August, 15 - 1 PM

September, 11 - 9 AM

September, 13 - 1 PM

October, 16 - 9 AM

October, 18 - 1 PM

November, 13 - 9 AM

November, 15 - 1 PM


Please contact Todd Barstow for scheduling attendance


Course Description: There is a very real need to plan with and for persons who may need additional considerations during emergencies and disasters. In response to this gap in planning cooperation, Ohio EMA training staff spearheaded an initiative with help and input from subject matter experts and advocates to revamp some generalized FEMA training and make the training specific to the needs of Ohio citizens. The course covers a myriad of topics when planning for persons with functional needs.  To register, click here

G108 Community Mass Care and Emergency Assistance

November 14-15, 2018 in Hamilton County

click here to enroll on Ohio EMA website

Course Description: This “Free” course provides training for local communities to prepare for and manage the Mass Care and Emergency Assistance function effectively. The goal is to prepare community agencies, organizations, and businesses to work in coordination with Emergency Management and traditional Mass Care providers to plan for and provide Mass Care/ Emergency Assistance (MC/EA) services to those affected by disaster. It is designed to develop foundational knowledge of Mass Care and Emergency Assistance services in the community. It is not a “how to” for sheltering. Participants will use this information to build community emergency “Action Items” and to identify gaps in the community’s program. G-108 is an “Elective” course in the Advanced Professional Series (APS) program. Target Audience: This course is intended for community agencies, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO), and private sector organizations that will collaborate to provide the Mass Care and Emergency Assistance. Recommended Prerequisites: None


FREE TRAINING -- Course Description: This free training event supports local governments and their emergency management partners in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from disaster events at the local level. The course is designed to strengthen the abilities of local jurisdictions to successfully prepare for and handle volunteer and donations management issues that may arise. The course content and activities may also serve as a template, thereby enhancing uniformity in addressing areas of donated unsolicited goods, unaffiliated volunteers, and undesignated cash. This training also provides information regarding the state’s volunteer and donations management responsibilities, which are designed to help build relationships between government and non-governmental organizations. This is an “Elective” course in the Advanced Professional Series (APS) program. Target Audience: Emergency Managers and voluntary organizations responsible for the management of spontaneous volunteers Local Volunteer/ Donations Coordinator, Coordinator’s Alternate, Leading stakeholders of voluntary organizations, State/ local VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) Chair or Designee, Public Information Officer or Liaison, Program Functional Leads, Government-Private Sector Liaison
To register, contact Ohio EMA Training and Exercise Section by phone: 614.799.3666, by email or log in to the Ohio EMA Training Campus website
Course Description: In a disaster or/ emergency communities may expect large numbers of spontaneous volunteers to arrive at the disaster scene. These often untrained & unsupported volunteers can easily become the "Disaster within a Disaster" if not properly integrated into the response and / or recovery process. When properly identified, assigned, trained and supervised these volunteers can greatly enhance the community's response and recovery efforts. One way to accurately and efficiently identify, integrate and document volunteers and their efforts is through the establishment of a Volunteer Reception Center. The course provides an introduction to the establishment, set-up and operation of a Volunteer Reception Center (VRC).**Who Should Attend? Target Audience: Emergency Managers and voluntary organizations responsible for the management of spontaneous volunteers Local Volunteer and operation of a Volunteer Reception Center (VRC). Community partners requesting volunteer's through the VRC.

G290/291 Basic Public Information Officer Series


October - Cuyahoga County

click here to enroll on Ohio EMA website

This “Free” training course is the Basic Public Information Officer Series. It uses interactive presentation and practical applications to convey information and engage the participants in learning. The Basic Public Information Officer (PIO) Course is designed to prepare participants to function as full or part-time PIOs. Additionally, this training is a prerequisite and foundation for more advanced training that takes participants from the awareness level to the mastery level in their public information careers. This training will equip participants with the basic skills such as oral and written communications, and understanding and working with the media, and basic tools and techniques needed to perform effectively. ***** This is an “Elective” course in the Advanced Professional Series (APS) program.


(always available)


Religious and Cultural Literacy and Competency in Disaster

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A new on-line class has been announced from FEMA.  Based on the idea that religious and cultural communities are part of the Whole Community, the DHS Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships works to form partnerships between the Federal Government and faith-based and neighborhood organizations to more effectively serve Americans in need. As part of this effort, the IS-505 Religious and Cultural Literacy and Competency in Disaster course has been developed to provide emergency management professionals and faith and community leaders active in disaster with the literacy and competency tools needed to effectively engage religious and cultural groups both pre- and post-disaster.  This is a 5-hour course and is available on FEMA’s Independent Study site:


Online Traffic Incident Management Training

The free National Traffic Incident Management Responder Training was created by responders for responders. This course provides first responders a shared understanding of the requirements for safe, quick clearance of traffic incident scenes; prompt, reliable and open communication; and motorist and responder safeguards. First responders learn how to operate more efficiently and collectively.

Course Length:

4 hours (though it could be completed in less time)

To access this independent study training, and earn your certificate, go to:


Ohio Emergency Management Agency TRAINING CALENDAR 
The calendar is updated as Ohio EMA sponsored classes are added. You can find the link to the training calendar on the Ohio EMA Training and Exercise Page. You can also enter the direct link: 


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Independent Study Program (IS) 

The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) offers more than 125 self-paced courses designed for people who have emergency management responsibilities and for the general public. All are offered free-of-charge to those who qualify for enrollment. ISP offers college credit for many of the courses. To get a complete listing of courses, CLICK HERE.

FEMA’s Independent Study Program offers courses that support the nine mission areas identified by the National Preparedness Goal.

  • Incident Management
  • Operational Planning
  • Disaster Logistics
  • Emergency Communications
  • Service to Disaster Victims
  • Continuity Programs
  • Public Disaster Communications
  • Integrated Preparedness
  • Hazard Mitigation


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Emergency Preparedness and Response Training Resources click here


IS-288.A: The Role of Voluntary Organizations in Emergency Management

The overall goal of this Independent Study course is to increase awareness of the roles and responsibilities of voluntary agencies in emergency management. Voluntary agencies have helped meet the needs of individuals and communities affected by disasters since the 1800’s. Today, they serve a critical role in the emergency management field from helping communities prepare for and mitigate the effects of disasters to providing immediate response and long-term recovery services. Without the support, dedication, and expertise of voluntary agencies, the government would be unable to address all the needs of disaster-affected communities.

Primary Audience

Individuals who complete this Independent Study course should be Federal, State, and local emergency managers, members of voluntary agencies, and the general public who are involved in emergency management activities and require an understanding of the roles of voluntary agencies throughout the disaster cycle.

Course Length:

10 hours (though it could be completed in less time)

To access this independent study training, and earn your certificate, go to:


Just In Time Training - Video Library   Click Here to go to the Just In Time video training library

The purpose of this on-line video library is to provide a single, easy to search source in which individuals, agencies and organizations can access Just In Time Disaster Training videos.

The nearly 200 videos found in this library cover disaster related mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery training for a wide variety areas.

Provided by the Disaster Resistant Communities Group6224 Wake Robin Lane - Tallahassee Florida 32309 - 850.241.3565

RDPC (Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium)

The nation’s rural emergency responders face unique challenges when compared to their urban counterparts. In recognizing the need for consistent, quality training which addresses those challenges, Congress and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) established the Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC or the Consortium) to develop and deliver relevant all-hazards training in support of rural homeland security requirements. See the course catalog for further details on each training program. All training delivered by the RDPC is certified by DHS and is offered tuition-free.  See our online training page for online courses we offer.