7. Disaster Information Specialization Certificates

As many of you know I’m always searching for free disaster training.  I’ll never find all opportunities, but it’s fun to try.  My most recent find is the non-profit Medical Library Association.
   
While the MLA may not be the first organization you think of when the topic of disasters arises, they are taking their potential roles in emergencies seriously enough to generate a pair of Disaster Information Specialization certificates.  These certificates are intended for library professionals and disaster workforce paid and volunteer staff, which would include ARES members.  According to the MLA site, there are currently only about sixty-five holders of these certificates.
 
The Basic level requires completing five online courses, including the current IS-100.b and IS-700.a FEMA courses we’ve harped on for years.  The Advanced certificate requires an additional twelve hours of online training.  While the courses are free, certification involves a $55 to $75 fee.  Once certified there is a continuing education requirement of eight contact hours every three years.
 
To learn more, visit the MLS website at www.mlsnet.org/page/disaster-information-specialization .