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FEMA Independent Study Courses

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers free disaster preparedness and emergency management classes, many of which are held online and may only take a few hours to complete. We encourage volunteers with RedRover Responder to take advantage of these free courses.

RedRover Responders volunteers are required to complete IS-100.b: Introduction to Incident Command System.

You can find more information about these courses and online registration by visiting FEMA's Emergency Management Institute Web site.

See below for courses that are recommended and required for RedRover Responders volunteers and volunteer leaders.

NIMS Compliance Requirements RedRover Responders Leaders All RedRover Responders Volunteers
IS-100.b: Introduction to Incident Command System

 Required

 Required

IS-200.a: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents

 Required

Strongly recommended

IS-700.a: National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction

 Required

Strongly recommended

IS-800.b: National Response Framework, An Introduction

 Required

Strongly recommended

Additional FEMA Classes All RedRover Responders Leaders RedRover Responders Volunteers

IS-1: Emergency Manager: An Orientation to the Position

Strongly recommended

Recommended

IS-5.a: An Introduction to Hazardous Materials Required Recommended
IS-10a: Animals in Disaster, Module A: Awareness and Preparedness

 Required

Recommended

IS-11a: Animals in Disasters: Community Planning

 Strongly recommended

Recommended

IS-111: Livestock in Disasters

 Strongly recommended

Recommended

IS-244: Developing and Managing Volunteers

 Required

N/A

Canadian Volunteers

RedRover Responders volunteers who reside in Canada are still encouraged to take the FEMA courses, but FEMA will not mail a certificate of completion. The Justice Institute of British Columbia offers some courses in Incident Command and Emergency Management delivered online and in face-to-face formats. The JIBC issues certificates upon successful completion of these courses.

About NIMS Compliance

The Department of Homeland Security requires all agencies to be compliant with the National Incident Management System (NIMS). NIMS sets national standards for major emergency incident operations -- in areas like communications, resource management and technology -- so that during disaster responses, agencies from different jurisdictions and disciplines can “speak the same language” and work together effectively.

Some jurisdictions will require NIMS certification of all responding volunteers. When this happens, RedRover will only be able to deploy RedRover Responders volunteers who have completed the four NIMS compliance classes indicated below.