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Comprehensive Emergency Management Independent Study (CEMIS)

The CEMIS Group On-line is a place for finding out about Comprehensive Emergency Management (CEM) and Incident Command System (ICS) structures for dealing with emergency situations up to those of national significance, large one-time events, and other applications.

CEM and ICS structures are accepted methods that are required for receiving federal disaster relief funding. In an emergency, states, municipalities, tribal groups, and volunteer organizations combine resources in a flexible responsive manner under management by objectives to meet operation goals from the onset of the emergency to its resolution.

CEM and ICS structures also provide a way to plan for and hold large events in an organized manner. CEM and ICS structures represents a 30-year history of best-practice implementation where experience provides lessons for improving response and anticipating hazards as they may develop into catastrophic conditions.

Minimal participation in the on-line group

Any person may participate in this group in any number of diferent ways.

EMI email link to Certificate of Achievement

Earn an email from FEMA EMI containing a link to a course Certificate of Achievement sometime before the end of 2008.

Oak leaf clusters in bronze for every additional email with PDF cert link. Silver and gold for five and twentyfive, respectively.

IS-100/IS-200 Challenge

Complete the IS-100 and IS-200 NIMS-component courses and receive EMI's congratulatory emails with your links to your Certificates of Achievement (PDF).

If you are ambitious, try the IS-100/IS-200/PDS Challenge. Rate yourself flawlessly excellent if you finish the nine courses in the remainder of 2008 without re-testing on any course. Rate yourself flawlessly superior if you earned the Professional Development Series Certificate of Achievement in less than 90 days with no re-tests. If you did it all and have an honorable discharge, you are Flawless Veteran... with capital F and V if you did it in less than a month.

CEMIS knowledge base

Become part of the CEMIS Documentation Unit by starting an image collection relating to the response by ICS resources to an incident, or linking the Documentation Unit to a report of training and assessment.

CEMIS Challenges

Individuals and communities co-exist with hazards daily. Hazards that are known and avoided cause less damage and injury than those that are un-reported and un-checked in the local environment.

Because there are so many types and classes of hazards, CEM dictates that preparation for handling hazards must be seen in terms of preparing for hazards of all types. The all-hazard approach to emergency management by objectives call for flexible, dynamic responses that provide for mobilization of resources at all levels if necessary, rapid effective deployment of ready mobilized resources, rotation of deployed and standby resources through operating periods, and prompt demobilization of excess emergency ICS resources as disaster response transitions into disaster recovery and re-assessed hazard mitigation.

One challenge is the preparation of a sufficient mass of ordinary citizens to insure prompt disaster response and intial un-assisted recover pending the arrival of distant ICS response resources on-scene as a national homeland security standard. At an effective saturation-of-training level due to CEMIS-style student learning in the general population, the nation becomes more self-sufficient for effective local catastrophic response as a hardening feature in the event of multiple emergency incident complexes of national significance across multiple emergency management regions under national coordination.

CEMIS Group On-line Learning Areas

Major learning areas within the CEMIS Group On-line include the National Response Framework Resource Center, Emergency Managment Institute Independent Study Program, ICS Resource Center, and ALERT Resource Center.

Generally, in every incident which merits a response under the NRF, the Incident Commander will be expected to work from her or his job aids, position checklists covering the IC and all subordinate positions, and all of the other available ICS forms and publications for managing by objectives. CEMIS coursework adheres to the same open-book approach to testing, as that the availability and application of resources is reinforced in the achievement of goals and objectives. It is considered cheating to not do one's own work. That said, it is up to the student to utilize the tools at one's disposal consistent with the principles of managing by objectives.

National Response Framework Resource Center

The National Response Framework is that part of the National Strategy for Homeland Security that has responsibility for responses to emergency incidents up to and including national significance. The National Response Framework Resource Center provides for cooperation among resources to achieve those homeland security objectives and provides a place for learning lessons of interest to improving effective emergency preparation, response, mitigation and recovery from participating resources in ICS structures.

CEMIS-GO NRF resources

NRF Resource Center Main Page

About NRF - a summary

NRF Core (PDF) The NRF Core discusses roles and responsibilities for NRF partners, ICS/NIMS resources, and ordinary citizens in CEM and homeland defense

All NRF annexes (288 page PDF) These include the ESF (Emergency Support Function), Support, and Incident annexes (some as part of the previous National Response Plan)

Emergency Managment Institute Independent Study Program

The Emergency Management Institute is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency for training interested United States citizens, emergency mamagers, and volunteer organizers about CEM and ICS structures.

In general, FEMA EMI on-line courses are FREE to all interested US citizens. Other persons may view the material, but must contact FEMA EMI by email or other means to have final exams counted for credit.

CEMIS-GO NIMS components

The National Incident Management System (NIMS) components:

IS-100 Introduction to Incident Command System on-line course and final

The IS-100 on-line course is the primary entry point for individuals who are (or may be eligible to be) resources in an Incident Command System.

IS-100 Self Study Guide This Study Guide is where one may easily skim and discover the answers to all of the standard IS-100 final questions, which one may do once one has completed the final.
It is a good student practice to check every IS course homepage for a link to "study guide" or "classroom" material for downloadable summaries and study guides that will give you the final-exam edge; this technique may allow you to perform flawlessly on your EMI on-line finals, so that you never have to re-take a failed exam to receive any EMI IS course certification.
For the clever student, it is possible to create your own study guide for courses where there is no official downloadable study guide available. On the index page of an EMI on-line interactive course of instruction (typically "course menu"), navigate to the first page of each lesson in sequence. On each lesson's first page, there should be a link for "a printable version of this lesson." When the popup containing the printable version shows up, select all and copy to an open Word/openoffice window, and keep adding to the Word/openoffice document from each following lesson's printable version until you have your entire course summary; save and enjoy later.
Instructor Guide
Unit 1 Introduction to ICS
Unit 2 ICS Overview
Unit 3 Basic features of ICS
Unit 4 Incident Commander and Command Staff Functions
Unit 5 General Staff Functions
Unit 6 ICS Facilities
Unit 7 Common responsibilities
Unit 8 Course summary

IS-100 Variants:

IS-100.HC Introduction to the Incident Command System for Healthcare/Hospitals
IS-100.LE - Introduction to the Incident Command System, I-100, for Law Enforcement
IS-100.PW Introduction to the Incident Command System, I-100, for Public Works Personnel
IS-100.SC Introduction to the Incident Command System, I-100, for Schools

IS-200 ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents on-line course and final

Study Guide

IS-200.HC Applying ICS to Healthcare Organizations on-line course and final

IS-700 National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction on-line course and final

Study Guide

IS-800.B National Response Framework, An Introduction on-line course and final

CEMIS-GO PDS

The Professional Development Series (in combination with the FEMA EMI NIMS Components) can be viewed as a Homeland Security functional equivalent to the Army Pre-Commission Correspondence Course and branch-specific schools, for the purpose of developing ICS command and staff personnel resources.

The Professional Development Series (CEUs; separate PDS certificate of achievement by surface mail after successful completion of the following courses):

IS-139 Exercise Design on-line course and final

IS-230 Principles of Emergency Management on-line course and final

IS-235 Emergency Planning on-line course and final

IS-240 Leadership & Influence on-line course and final

IS-241 Decision Making and Problem Solving on-line course and final

IS-242 Effective Communication on-line course and final

IS-244 Developing and Managing Volunteers on-line course and final

Additional courses

IS-340 Hazardous Materials Prevention

IS-394.A Protecting Your Home or Small Business From Disaster

IS-701 NIMS Multiagency Coordination System (MACS) Course

IS-702 National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) Public Information Systems

IS-703 NIMS Resource Management

ICS Resource Center

ICS Review Document (PDF) A summary of key ICS features and principles.

ICS Position Checklists

ICS Position Checklists Printable checklists of roles and responsibilities for ICS positions.

Air Operations Branch Director (PDF; 53kb) | (Word; 51kb)

Communication Unit Leader (PDF; 55kb) | (Word; 43kb)

Compensation/Claims Unit Leader (PDF; 52kb) | (Word; 47kb)

Cost Unit Leader (PDF; 47kb) | (Word; 44kb)

Demobilization Unit Leader (PDF; 54kb) | (Word; 46kb)

Division/Group Supervisor (PDF; 47kb) | (Word; 38kb)

Documentation Unit Leader (PDF; 47kb) | (Word; 33kb)

Facilities Unit Leader (PDF; 46kb) | (Word; 40kb)

Finance/Administration Section Chief (PDF; 57kb) | (Word; 66kb)

Food Unit Leader (PDF; 47kb) | (Word; 33kb)

Ground Support Unit Leader (PDF; 47kb) | (Word; 37kb)

Incident Commander (PDF; 54kb) | (Word; 50kb)

Liaison Officer (PDF; 50kb) | (Word; 41kb)

Logistics Section Chief (PDF; 52kb) | (Word; 46kb)

Medical Unit Leader (PDF; 48kb) | (Word; 38kb)

Operations Branch Director (PDF; 46kb) | (Word; 38kb)

Operations Section Chief (PDF; 53kb) | (Word; 52kb)

Planning Section Chief (PDF; 54kb) | (Word; 53kb)

Procurement Unit Leader (PDF; 49kb) | (Word; 46kb)

Public Information Officer (PDF; 68kb) | (Word; 53kb)

Resources Unit Leader (PDF; 47kb) | (Word; 41kb)

Safety Officer (PDF; 53kb) | (Word; 45kb)

Service Branch Director (PDF; 44kb) | (Word; 34kb)

Situation Unit Leader (PDF; 49kb) | (Word; 45kb)

Staging Area Manager (PDF; 47kb) | (Word; 34kb)

Strike Team/Task Force Leader (PDF; 45kb) | (Word; 33kb)

Supply Unit Leader (PDF; 49kb) | (Word; 41kb)

Support Branch Director (PDF; 47kb) | (Word; 34kb)

Technical Specialists (PDF; 43kb) | (Word; 30kb)

Time Unit Leader (PDF; 48kb) | (Word; 37kb)

ICS Job Aides

ICS job aides in the following titles and formats

ICS Organization (PDF; 86kb)

ICS Forms Descriptions (PDF; 50kb)

Incident Facilities (PDF; 452kb) | (HTML)

Incident Types (PDF; 55kb)

The Planning "P" (PDF; 98kb)

Position Titles (PDF; 42kb)

Transfer of Command (PDF; 54kb)


Base/Camp Manager (PDF; 1.0mb)

Documentation Unit Leader (PDF; 765kb)

Equipment Manager (PDF; 1.4mb)

Incident Communications Center Manager (PDF; 423kb)

Ordering Manager (PDF; 725kb)

Radio Operator (PDF; 355kb)

Receiving and Distribution Manager (PDF; 412kb)

Security Manager (PDF; 204kb)

Staging Area Manager (PDF; 311kb)

ICS Forms

ICS Forms in the following titles and formats:

ICS Form 201, Incident Briefing (PDF; 11kb) | (Word; 11kb)

ICS Form 202, Incident Objectives (PDF; 41kb) | (Word; 41kb)

ICS Form 203, Organization Assignment List (PDF; 49kb) | (Word; 65kb)

ICS Form 204, Assignment List (PDF; 47kb) | (Word; 63kb)

ICS Form 205, Incident Radio Communications Plan (PDF; 43kb) | (Word; 68kb)

ICS Form 206, Medical Plan (PDF; 44kb) | Word; 111kb)

ICS Form 207, Organizational Chart (PDF; 34kb) | (Word; 40kb)

ICS Form 209, Incident Status Summary (PDF; 113kb) | (Word; 165kb)

ICS Form 210, Status Change Card (PDF; 23kb)

ICS Form 211, Check-In List (PDF; 14kb) | (Word; 138kb)

ICS Form 213, General Message (PDF; 33kb) | (Word; 26kb)

ICS Form 214, Unit Log (PDF; 42kb) | (Word; 78kb)

ICS Form 215, Operational Planning Worksheet (PDF; 53kb) | (Word; 164kb)

ICS Form 215a, Incident Action Plan Safety Analysis (PDF; 60kb) | (Word; 82kb)

ICS Form 216, Radio Requirements Worksheet (PDF; 46kb) | (Word; 69kb)

ICS Form 217, Radio Frequency Assignment Worksheet (PDF; 110kb)

ICS Form 218, Support Vehicle Inventory (PDF; 47kb) | (Word; 68kb)

ICS Form 219-2, Card Stock - Green (Crew) (PDF; 4kb)

ICS Form 219-4, Card Stock - Blue (Helicopter) (PDF; 4kb)

ICS Form 219-6, Card Stock - Orange (Aircraft) (PDF; 4kb)

ICS Form 219-7, Card Stock - Yellow (Dozer) (PDF; 4kb)

ICS Form 220, Air Operations Summary (PDF; 56kb) | (Word; 61kb)

ICS Form 221, Demobilization Plan (PDF; 108kb) | (Word; 50kb)

ICS Form 221 Page 1, Demobilization Checkout (PDF; 4kb)

Instructions for Completing the Demobilization Checkout (PDF; 4kb)

ICS Form 226, Individual Personnel Rating (PDF; 35kb)

ICS Form 308, Resource Order Form - Front (PDF; 7kb)

ICS Form 308, Resource Order Form - Back (PDF; 6kb)

ICS Form 308, Resource Order Form - Example (PDF; 257kb)

Reference documents

Homeland Security Presidential Directive/HSPD-5: Management of Domestic Incidents (PDF; 27kb)

Homeland Security Presidential Directive/HSPD-8: National Preparedness (PDF; 32kb)

National Incident Management System (NIMS) document 9.0 (PDF; 2mb)

ALERT Resource Center

The All-hazard Local Emergency Response Team (ALERT) is a popular adaptation of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) where people in communities organize themselves to prepare for and respond to emergency situations in the first days after a major disaster. ALERT activities also include hazard mitigation through recognition and public disclosure of hazards found in our communities as well as long-term recovery from disaster by promoting community participation in CEM activities. ALERTs adhere to ICS "Plain English" communication standards to coordinate activities and provide local information to ICS structures and their resources as they arrive on-scene in local emergency deployments.

The main difference between a CERT and an ALERT is that an ALERT is generally not affiliated with local standing ICS resources that are part of local, state, or federal government. Because an ALERT is intended to function primarily as a stop-gap organization until the arrival on-scene of recognized and dispatched ICS resources; this requires that ALERTs should be prepared to:

  • hand off copies of all documentation to arriving ICS resources
  • brief and communicate with ICS resources using the "Plain English" ICS/NIMS communication standard
  • offer on-scene support to arriving ICS resources - ground intelligence, ICS-compliant food unit, etc.

Pursuant to the First Amendment of the Constitution and in support of the perpetual implementation of the NRF, anyone who has CERT training can start an ALERT in the neighborhood.

Citizen Corps "Start a CERT" Training Portal

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