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Texas Emergency Management ONLINE 2018 Vol. 65 No. 9

Emergency Management Preparedness Training

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and FEMA define preparedness as, "a continuous cycle of planning, organizing, training, equipping, exercising, evaluating, and taking corrective action in an effort to ensure effective coordination during incident response.” Training is a vital link in this cycle, and TDEM’s Training Unit is your vital link to the widest range of emergency management training in Texas.

Our training site (PTO) offers more than 1,200 courses for First Responder training.  We offer online independent study courses from FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI), as well as locally developed training for Texas emergency management professionals, such as our new SOC-101 - Texas State Operations Center (SOC) workshop course.

The TDEM Training Unit works closely with the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC), which is made up of seven member organizations possessing core competencies that span the entire field of homeland security. The PTO account management system is simple and easy to use. Users can search and register for courses, track their progress toward certain credentials, and upload and store certificates and transcripts.  Check out the PTO “Quick Links” section on the PTO home page, which provides updates on new courses, FEMA webinars and other developments in the field of emergency management education worldwide. In addition, we are now reaching out to train emergency managers throughout the state, with the goal of reaching students in every region by the end of 2019. The unit has begun to deliver some of its most sought-after courses, from Lubbock to Houston and from El Paso to Victoria. Courses include the G-449, ICS Train the Trainer, which is our basic instructor course.  In Austin and Dallas, we will host the first simultaneous presentation of the FEMA

E-388 Advanced Public Information Officer Course in February 2019.

Finally, back in Austin, we recently completed the state’s first FEMA National Basic Foundations Academy (80 hours) and should have 15 new graduates of the FEMA National Basic Emergency Management Academy (NEMBA) by October. If you have any questions about training or need some assistance with the training site please feel free to contact us for assistance.

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