27. FEMA Continuity Excellence Training

Does anyone out there remember my mentioning the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Continuity Excellence Series                                   ( http://www.fema.gov/training )?  I could have sworn I did a program about this around Christmas or New Year’s, but could not locate it today.
Anyway, FEMA’s National Continuity Programs (NCP), established to keep all levels of government running during disasters, include two levels of certification in the area of Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP).  The Level I title is Professional Continuity Practitioner, while Level II is known as the Master Professional Continuity Practitioner.
Just a few months ago the first of these programs was extremely difficult to finish, as midweek classroom time in large cities was needed.  But recently it became possible to substitute Emergency Management Institute (EMI) independent study courses for all of the Level 1 classroom time.

So any ARES member who would like to start out in the relatively new emergency management/homeland security COOP specialty may do so from anywhere with an internet connection.