11. FEMA IS-288.A Course

The Emergency Management Institute (EMI), one of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) three educational facilities, recently updated independent study course IS-288.A: The Role of Voluntary Organizations in Emergency Management. Since the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) is just such a volunteer organization, the content of this course should be relevant to anyone checking into this net or visiting the District 3 web site.

To download IS-288.A course materials at no charge, or to take the final exam, go to http://training.fema.gov/is . The link to this course is currently about the middle of this page. Later you may have to dig into the site a little to reach it.

A major change is coming to the FEMA Independent Study program on April 1st (please note that this is not an April Fools’ Day gag!). Anyone taking the final exam for an Independent Study course must first obtain a FEMA Student Identification Number (SID). This number replaces your Social Security Number, which was formerly what FEMA used for identification purposes. You may obtain your SID at FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness secure website, https://cdp.dhs.gov/femasid .