36. FEMA Online Catalog

Over the past year we have mentioned a number of online emergency management training catalogs offering free or low-cost courses.  For several years now the Federal Emergency Management Agency has been gradually developing a master online catalog.  This publication, known as the FEMA National Preparedness Directorate (NPD) Online Course Catalog, combines the separate course listings of the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) and the National Training and Education Division (NTED).

This catalog is available from the FEMA training home page, http://training.fema.gov/ .  It isn’t completely user friendly, so consider printing out the accompanying 12-page user guide, also linked to that home page, before you attempt a catalog search.

ARES members should be aware that the search term “Communications” in this catalog refers to public and internal information more often than to telecommunications.  So don’t be discouraged if your first catalog searches don’t turn up anything interesting.  Just stick with it until it bears fruit!