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This free monthly CERT Ministry “Face to Face” program provides many topics of interest that can increase your knowledge in emergency/disaster preparedness, planning, response, recovery and mitigation. This program is open to everyone who would like to participate.

Cancelled – Terrorism and Active Shooter Awareness Training, April 16, 2020

Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities and Caregivers, February 24, 2020


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Volunteer Florida Training Webinars

[These webinar will be recorded and available for viewing.]


Volunteer Florida is excited to host a webinar series for public and private nonprofits who mobilize (or intend to mobilize) volunteers to strengthen Florida’s communities. Join us for two one-hour training sessions on the full volunteer management cycle, from strategic planning to evaluation.

Active Shooter Online Training

This one-hour online course (IS-907 Active Shooter: What You Can Do) provides an introductory lesson on the actions that may be taken when confronted by an active shooter, as well as indicators of workplace violence and how to manage the consequences of an incident.

Build your Emergency Operation Plan now.

Comprehensive Preparedness Guide (CPG) 101 provides Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) guidance on the fundamentals of planning and developing emergency operations plans (EOP)

 IS-29: Public Information Officer Awareness

This course covers basic information about the role of an Information Officer and how to address media. The goal of this awareness course is to provide an orientation to the public information function and the role of the Public Information Officer (PIO) in the public safety/emergency management environment.

IS-240.B: Leadership and Influence

Being able to lead others—to motivate them and commit their energies and expertise to achieving the shared mission and goals of the emergency management system—is a necessary and vital part of every emergency manager’s, planner’s, and responder’s job.
The goal of this course is to improve your leadership and influence skills. To that end, this course addresses:
Leadership from within.
How to facilitate change.
How to build and rebuild trust.
Using personal influence and political savvy.
Fostering an environment for leadership development.

IS-244.B: Developing and Managing Volunteers

The goal of this course is to strengthen abilities to prepare for and manage volunteers before, during, and after a severe emergency or major disaster. This course will:
• Provide strategies for identifying, recruiting, assigning, training, supervising, and motivating volunteers.
• Include discussion of spontaneous volunteers as well as those affiliated with community-based, faith-based, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).

IS-317: Introduction to Community Emergency Response Teams

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates individuals about disaster preparedness and trains and organizes teams of volunteers that can support their communities during disasters.

Course Objectives:
  • Define and describe CERT program.
  • Identify ways a CERT helps national resilience.
  • Identify ways CERT members can help their community.
  • List CERT member roles and responsibilities.
  • Identify benefits of being a CERT member.
  • List components of the CERT training program.

When an emergency occurs, the need to communicate is immediate. If business operations are disrupted, customers will want to know how they will be impacted. Regulators may need to be notified and local government officials will want to know what is going on in their community. Employees and their families will be concerned and want information. Neighbors living near the facility may need information—especially if they are threatened by the incident. All of these “audiences” will want information before the business has a chance to begin communicating.

The planning process should take an “all hazards” approach. There are many different threats or hazards. The probability that a specific hazard will impact your business is hard to determine. That’s why it’s important to consider many different threats and hazards and the likelihood they will occur.

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

At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe the unique strengths that voluntary agencies bring to the emergency management community;
  2. Identify important historical milestones in the development of voluntary agencies in the U.S.;
  3. Describe briefly the history of each National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) member agency;
  4. Identify the roles and services that voluntary agencies provide throughout each phase of the emergency management cycle (i.e., mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery);
  5. Explain the importance of collaboration and coordination among voluntary agencies and between voluntary agencies and their emergency management partners; and
  6. Describe the entities (e.g., National Voluntary Organization Active in Disaster, the Donations Coordination Team) that foster government/voluntary agency coordination throughout the emergency management cycle.

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-366.A: Planning for the Needs of Children in Disasters

The purpose of this course is to provide guidance for emergency management and implementers of children’s programs about meeting the unique needs that arise among children as a result of a disaster or emergency.

Much of the information in this course is based upon a document titled “The Unique Needs of Children in Emergencies: A Guide for the Inclusion of Children in Emergency Operations Plans,” published by Save the Children.

IS-368: Including People With Disabilities & Others With Access & Functional Needs in Disaster Operation

The purpose of this course is to increase awareness and understanding of the need for full inclusion of disaster survivors and FEMA staff who are people with disabilities, and people with access and functional needs. The course provides an overview of disabilities and access and functional needs and explains how disaster staff can apply inclusive practices in their disaster assignments.

IS-394.A: Protecting Your Home or Small Business From Disaster

The purpose of this course is to provide a foundation of knowledge that will enable participants to:
• Describe different types of natural disasters
• Describe hazards that pose a risk to their home or small business
• Explain how protective measures can reduce or eliminate long-term risks to their home and personal property from hazards and their effects
• Explain how protective measures for small businesses secure people, business property, and building structures and prevent business loss from a natural disaster

IS-1300: Introduction to Continuity of Operations

Learning Objectives: 1. Define continuity. 2. Describe the importance of continuity planning for organizations and communities. 3. Establish the foundation for a continuity program in your organization. 4. Summarize the key elements of a continuity program. 5. Explain the Whole Community approach to continuity planning.

IS-909: Community Preparedness: Implementing Simple Activities for Everyone

Community members are the key to our Nation’s preparedness and resilience. As such, we need to: Support the development of prepared, vigilant, and engaged communities.

The purpose of this course is to present a model program for community preparedness. In addition, resources materials are available to help organizations conduct simple preparedness activities for everyone. Whole community including emergency management personnel and representatives of faith-based and nonprofit organizations

Preparedness for the future starts today. Whether you’re a kid or teen yourself, a parent or loved one, or work with youth, Ready Kids has tools and information to help before, during and after disasters.

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