Emergency Management Institute (EMI)_Independent Study Program

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Administered by:

US Federal Government Agency (see all agencies)
Department Of Homeland Security
CFDA #: 97.027

Purpose of this program:

To enhance public and selected audience knowledge of emergency management practices among officials of State, local and tribal governments and voluntary organizations in response to emergencies and disasters. The program currently consists of 43 courses. They include IS-1, Emergency Program Manager; IS-2, Emergency Preparedness, USA; IS-3, Radiological Emergency Management; IS-5, Hazardous Materials: A Citizen's Orientation; IS-7, A Citizen's Guide to Disaster Assistance; IS-8, Building for the Earthquakes of Tomorrow: Complying with Executive Order 12699; IS-10, Animals in Disaster - Module A Awareness and Preparedness; IS-11, Animals is Disaster - Module B Community Planning; IS-12, Acquisition Buyout; IS-15, Special Event Contingency Planning for Public Safety Agencies; IS-55, Household Hazardous Materials - A Guide for Citizens; IS-100, Introduction to Incident Command System: ICS-100 for Federal Disaster Workers; IS-111, Livestock in Disasters; IS-120, An Orientation to Community Disaster Exercises; IS-139, Exercise Design; IS-195 Basic Incident Command System; IS-208, State Disaster Management; IS-230, Principles of Emergency Management; IS-235, Emergency Planning; IS-240, Leadership and Influence; IS-241, Decision Making and Problem Solving; IS-242, Effective Communication; IS-244, Developing and Managing Volunteers; IS-253, Coordinating Environmental and Historic Preservation Compliance; IS-271, Anticipating Hazardous Weather and Community Risk; IS-275, Role of the EOC in Community Preparedness Response and Recovery Activities; IS-279, Engineering Principles and Practices for Retrofitting Flood Prone Residential Structures; IS-288, The Role of Voluntary Agencies in Emergency Management; IS-292, Disaster Basics; IS-301, Radiological Emergency Response; IS-317, Introduction to Community Emergency Response Teams; IS-324, Community Hurricane Preparedness; IS-330, Refresher Course for Radiological Monitors; IS-346, An Orientation to Hazardous Materials for Medical Personnel; IS-386, Introduction to Residential Coastal Construction; IS-393, Introduction to Mitigation; IS-394, Mitigation for Homeowners; IS-513, The Professional in Emergency Management; IS-600, Special Considerations for FEMA Public Assistance Projects; IS-630, Introduction to Public Assistance Process; IS-631, Public Assistance Operations; IS-632, Introduction to Debris Operations in FEMA's Public Assistance Program; IS-650, Building Partnerships with Tribal Governments; IS-14, New FEMA Employee Orientation; and IS-16, Supervisor's Guide to Equal Opportunity Employment.

Possible uses and use restrictions...


Who is eligible to apply...

Courses IS-1, IS-2, IS-3, IS-5, IS-7, IS-8, IS-10, IS-11, IS-55, IS-139, IS-230, IS-235, IS-240, IS-241, IS-242, IS-244, IS-253, IS-271, IS-208, IS-279, IS-301, IS-317, IS-234, IS-330, IS-346, IS-386, IS-393, IS-394, IS-513, IS-600, IS-630, IS-631, IS-632, IS-650, IS-120, IS-195, IS-010, IS-011, IS-111, IS-15, IS-275, IS-288, IS-324, IS-100 are designed for both the general public and persons who have responsibility in emergency management. IS-330 is an audience-specific course recommended for those who have local government responsibilities that deal with radiological responsibilities. IS-12 Acquisition Buyout has a restricted audience. IS-14, New FEMA Employee Orientation and IS-16, Supervisor's Guide to Equal Opportunity Employment are restricted to FEMA employees only. IS-386 is recommended for those in the building profession or inspectors and planners.

Eligible Applicant Categories:
Eligible Functional Categories:


Note:This is a brief description of the credentials or documentation required prior to, or along with, an application for assistance.

About this section:

This section indicates who can apply to the Federal government for assistance and the criteria the potential applicant must satisfy. For example, individuals may be eligible for research grants, and the criteria to be satisfied may be that they have a professional or scientific degree, 3 years of research experience, and be a citizen of the United States. Universities, medical schools, hospitals, or State and local governments may also be eligible. Where State governments are eligible, the type of State agency will be indicated (State welfare agency or State agency on aging) and the criteria that they must satisfy.

Certain federal programs (e.g., the Pell Grant program which provides grants to students) involve intermediate levels of application processing, i.e., applications are transmitted through colleges or universities that are neither the direct applicant nor the ultimate beneficiary. For these programs, the criteria that the intermediaries must satisfy are also indicated, along with intermediaries who are not eligible.

How to apply...

Application Procedure:

Course enrollment may be obtained by writing to the FEMA Independent Study Program, Administrative Office, Emergency Management Institute, 16825 South Seton Avenue, Emmitsburg, Maryland 21727 or electronic enrollment may be processed via the internet at www.fema.gov/emi/ishome.htm.

Note: Each program will indicate whether applications are to be submitted to the Federal headquarters, regional or local office, or to a State or local government office.

Award Procedure:

Course materials are provided upon enrollment.

Note: Grant payments may be made by a letter of credit, advance by Treasury check, or reimbursement by Treasury check. Awards may be made by the headquarters office directly to the applicant, an agency field office, a regional office, or by an authorized county office. The assistance may pass through the initial applicant for further distribution by intermediate level applicants to groups or individuals in the private sector.

Deadlines and process...


One year from enrollment to complete each course.

Note: When available, this section indicates the deadlines for applications to the funding agency which will be stated in terms of the date(s) or between what dates the application should be received. When not available, applicants should contact the funding agency for deadline information.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Within ten working days of receipt of request, unless unexpected delays occur in processing.

Preapplication Coordination

None. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Note: This section indicates whether any prior coordination or approval is required with governmental or nongovernmental units prior to the submission of a formal application to the federal funding agency.


Not applicable.

Note: In some cases, there are no provisions for appeal. Where applicable, this section discusses appeal procedures or allowable rework time for resubmission of applications to be processed by the funding agency. Appeal procedures vary with individual programs and are either listed in this section or applicants are referred to appeal procedures documented in the relevant Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).


Not applicable.

Note: In some instances, renewal procedures may be the same as for the application procedure, e.g., for projects of a non-continuing nature renewals will be treated as new, competing applications; for projects of an ongoing nature, renewals may be given annually.

Who can benefit...

The students and communities will benefit.

About this section:

This section lists the ultimate beneficiaries of a program, the criteria they must satisfy and who specifically is not eligible. The applicant and beneficiary will generally be the same for programs that provide assistance directly from a Federal agency. However, financial assistance that passes through State or local governments will have different applicants and beneficiaries since the assistance is transmitted to private sector beneficiaries who are not obligated to request or apply for the assistance.

What types of assistance...


Programs which provide instructional activities conducted directly by a Federal agency for individuals not employed by the Federal government.

How much financial aid...

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable.

Note: This section lists the representative range (smallest to largest) of the amount of financial assistance available. These figures are based upon funds awarded in the past fiscal year and the current fiscal year to date. Also indicated is an approximate average amount of awards which were made in the past and current fiscal years.


(Training) Not separately identifiable.

Note: The dollar amounts listed in this section represent obligations for the past fiscal year (PY), estimates for the current fiscal year (CY), and estimates for the budget fiscal year (BY) as reported by the Federal agencies. Obligations for non-financial assistance programs indicate the administrative expenses involved in the operation of a program.

Account Identification


Note: Note: This 11-digit budget account identification code represents the account which funds a particular program. This code should be consistent with the code given for the program area as specified in Appendix III of the Budget of the United States Government.

Examples of funded projects...

Individuals are provided an opportunity to learn more about a broad base of basic emergency management principles.

About this section

This section indicates the different types of projects which have been funded in the past. Only projects funded under Project Grants or Direct Payments for Specified Use should be listed here. The examples give potential applicants an idea of the types of projects that may be accepted for funding. The agency should list at least five examples of the most recently funded projects.

Program accomplishments...

In fiscal year 2003, there were 187,520 enrollments and 184, 213 course completions. The fiscal year 2004 projected enrollments are 206,733 and 203,011 completions.

Criteria for selecting proposals...


Assistance considerations...

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance


Formula and Matching Requirements


A formula may be based on population, per capita income, and other statistical factors. Applicants are informed whether there are any matching requirements to be met when participating in the cost of a project. In general, the matching share represents that portion of the project costs not borne by the Federal government. Attachment F of OMB Circular No. A-102 (Office of Management and Budget) sets forth the criteria and procedures for the evaluation of matching share requirements which may be cash or in-kind contributions made by State and local governments or other agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals to satisfy matching requirements of Federal grants or loans.

Cash contributions represent the grantees' cash outlay, including the outlay of money contributed to the grantee by other public agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals. When authorized by Federal regulation, Federal funds received from other grants may be considered as the grantees' cash contribution.

In-kind contributions represent the value of noncash contributions provided by the grantee, other public agencies and institutions, private organizations or individuals. In-kind contributions may consist of charges for real property and equipment, and value of goods and services directly benefiting and specifically identifiable to the grant program. When authorized by Federal legislation, property purchased with Federal funds may be considered as grantees' in-kind contribution.

Maintenance of effort (MOE) is a requirement contained in certain legislation, regulations, or administrative policies stating that a grantee must maintain a specified level of financial effort in a specific area in order to receive Federal grant funds, and that the Federal grant funds may be used only to supplement, not supplant, the level of grantee funds.

Post assistance requirements...



Note: This section indicates whether program reports, expenditure reports, cash reports or performance monitoring are required by the Federal funding agency, and specifies at what time intervals (monthly, annually, etc.) this must be accomplished.



Note: This section discusses audits required by the Federal agency. The procedures and requirements for State and local governments and nonprofit entities are set forth in OMB Circular No. A-133. These requirements pertain to awards made within the respective State's fiscal year - not the Federal fiscal year, as some State and local governments may use the calendar year or other variation of time span designated as the fiscal year period, rather than that commonly known as the Federal fiscal year (from October 1st through September 30th).


Not applicable.

Note: This section indicates the record retention requirements and the type of records the Federal agency may require. Not included are the normally imposed requirements of the General Accounting Office. For programs falling under the purview of OMB Circular No. A-102, record retention is set forth in Attachment C. For other programs, record retention is governed by the funding agency's requirements.



Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. 5121 et seq.; National Security Act of 1947, 50 U.S.C. 401 et seq.; Defense Production Act of 1950, as amended, 50 U.S.C. App. 2061 et seq.; Earthquake Hazards Reduction Act of 1977, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 7701 et seq.

Note: This section lists the legal authority upon which a program is based (acts, amendments to acts, Public Law numbers, titles, sections, Statute Codes, citations to the U.S. Code, Executive Orders, Presidential Reorganization Plans, and Memoranda from an agency head).

Regulations, Guidelines, And Literature

Emergency Management Institute Course Catalog or Independent Study Program Brochure (L173).

Contact information...

Web Sites
Regional Or Local Office

See EMI Catalog for listing of FEMA Regional Offices.

Note: This section lists the agency contact person, address and telephone number of the Federal Regional or Local Office(s) to be contacted for detailed information regarding a program such as: (1) current availability of funds and the likelihood of receiving assistance within a given period; (2) pre-application and application forms required; (3) whether a pre-application conference is recommended; (4) assistance available in preparation of applications; (5) whether funding decisions are made at the headquarters, regional or local level; (6) application renewal procedures (including continuations and supplementals) or appeal procedures for rejected applications; and (7) recently published program guidelines and material. However, for most federal programs, this section will instruct the reader to consult the so-called Appendix IV of the Catalog due to the large volume of Regional and Local Office Contacts for most agencies. This information is provided in Additional Contact Information (see below).

Headquarters Office

Department of Homeland Security 245 Murray Drive, SW., Washington, DC 20528. Telephone: (202) 282-8000.

Note: This section lists names and addresses of the office at the headquarters level with direct operational responsibility for managing a program. A telephone number is provided in cases where a Regional or Local Office is not normally able to answer detailed inquiries concerning a program. Also listed are the name(s) and telephone number(s) of the information contact person(s) who can provide additional program information to applicants.

Additional Contact Information (Appendix IV)

Due to the large volume of regional and local office contacts for most agencies, full contact information is also provided separately here in a PDF format: