23. FEMA Student ID

Greetings again from Clark County, celebrating its bicentennial this year.

For several years now the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has required students attending Emergency Management Institute (EMI), Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) or other FEMA affiliated courses to obtain a Student Identification Number, or SID.  This includes the Independent Study courses IS-100, 200, 700 and 800 requested of all ARES members nationwide.

If you need an SID, go to the following website to register to receive one: https://cdp.dhs.gov/femasid .  If you think you have an SID but forgot or lost it, go to this page to check: https://cdp.dhs.gov/femasid/account/find

It might be tempting for an ARES group to share a single SID, but this causes training records of those sharing the number to be mingled.  One example of the problems this could cause is an attempt by one of the group to obtain a FEMA student transcript for a potential employer or to get college credit for FEMA classes taken.

And speaking of student numbers and free classes, don’t forget that as of Saturday morning you will be able to register for a free Lynda.com student account using your Ohio public library card number.  Lynda offers thousands of online courses with all costs covered by Ohio’s public library umbrella organization.

Submitted by Michael Schulsinger, N8QHV