FEMA

Georgia Tech works with FEMA’s National Training and Education Division to offer courses on national preparedness and resilience.

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Training offered with FEMA

Global climate change is causing an increase in the frequency, severity, and persistence of destructive weather events. These events coupled with economic- and health-related crises have exacerbated disproportionate effects and inequitable outcomes for vulnerable populations.

To help mitigate these outcomes, the Federal Emergency Management Agency — or FEMA — awarded Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute a three-year grant to create a training and education curriculum that fosters partnerships, information sharing, and problem solving to help communities prepare for, mitigate, and recover from the effects of natural and man-made disasters.

The Enterprise Innovation Institute — a FEMA awardee since 2016 — was awarded a separate grant focused on empowering tribal nations across the U.S. with the tools and training to maximize their readiness and resiliency in disaster preparedness and climate change.

The Enterprise Innovation Institute — in collaboration with select partners — has developed relevant, comprehensive courses customized to serve:

  • community-based organizations
  • state, local, tribal, and territorial government (SLTT) leadership
  • first responders
  • economic development organizations
  • urban and regional planners
  • public health officials
  • elected officials and government representatives
  • public information officers
  • emergency management personnel
  • business
  • institutions of higher education

These courses are available at no charge.
Participants earn FEMA certificates upon completion.

The escalating frequency, consequences, and duration of extreme weather events coupled with a changing climate is reshape communities and ecosystems — and forcing local leaders to be more proactive in addressing these challenges.

Understanding and adapting to this new reality is crucial to ensuring a sustainable and secure future.

This training addresses the increasing challenges posed by rising extreme weather events and climate change. These courses equip emergency planners, managers, and responders with best practices for involving the entire community in preparedness efforts, particularly underserved and disadvantaged groups.

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National Climate Resilience Training

The escalating frequency, consequences, and duration of extreme weather events coupled with a changing climate will reshape communities and ecosystems. Understanding and adapting to these challenges is crucial to ensuring a sustainable and secure future.

This training will address the increasing challenges posed by rising extreme weather events and climate change. The courses will equip emergency planners, managers, and responders with best practices for involving the entire community in preparedness efforts, particularly underserved and disadvantaged groups.

Operationalizing Climate Resilience for Equitable Outcomes – Equipping Leaders with Methods, Tools, and Training for a Sustainable Future

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Four New Instructor-led Courses:

1. MGT-302 Integrating Climate Change and Equity into Preparedness Activities – to build preparedness strategies for climate risks. Are you ready to enhance preparedness among the whole community? Learn more

Target audience: Emergency managers, planners, and first responders (4 hours)


2. MGT-490-V Conducting Whole Community Climate Risk & Vulnerability Assessments – equipping communities to plan for climate risks. Is your community ready to address the impacts of climate change? Learn more

Target audience: Emergency managers, urban planners, state, local, tribal, and territorial government (SLTT) leadership, first responders, community-based organizations, economic development organizations, public health officials, councils of government, public information officers (3.5 hours)


3. MGT-493 Crisis Leadership: Resolving Climate Impacts Through Community Lifelines – equipping leaders to build resilient communities against climate risks. Are you ready to implement climate resilience strategies? Learn more

Target audience: Emergency managers, urban planners, state, local, tribal, and territorial government (SLTT) leadership, first responders, community-based organizations, economic development organizations, public health officials, councils of government, public information officers (6 hours)


4. MGT-305-W Achieving Equitable Outcomes through Effective Public Information and Warning – Are you equipped to effectively communicate climate risks across the whole community? Learn more

Target audience: Emergency managers, urban planners, state, local, tribal, and territorial government (SLTT) leadership, first responders, community-based organizations, economic development organizations, public health officials, councils of government, public information officers (4 hours)

The Enterprise Innovation Institute has partnered with Alliance Solutions Group under FEMA Grant No. EMW-2022- CA-0038-S01 to develop NEW COURSES and tools to raise awareness and build capacity, climate resilience, and equitable outcomes among the whole community in support of the Justice 40 Initiative. Read more about the grant.

Upcoming Courses in 2024

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Empowering Tribal Nations to Build Readiness and Resilience

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Enhancing Tribal Nation Readiness & Resilience: Strengthening Tribal Nation Capabilities & Capacities

Target Audience: Tribal responders, emergency managers, public health officials, community-based organizations, business leaders, public information officers, and state, local, tribal, and territorial government (SLTT) leadership

COMING SOON: FIVE NEW INSTRUCTOR-LED COURSES

1. Tribal Emergency Management Best Practices: Implement emergency management program best practices and resources for tribes. (1.5 hours, in person)


2. Conducting Climate Risk & Vulnerability Assessments for Tribal Nations: Predict climate-related impacts. Conduct tribal nation climate risk and vulnerability assessments. Formulate climate adaptation strategies with equitable outcomes. (4 hours, in-person)


3. Building Tribal Community Resilience: Determine methods, resources, and practices that enhance community resilience. (6 hours, in-person)


4. Effective Climate Risk Communication Among Tribal Communities: Develop risk communication strategies to prepare, notify, and warn at-risk populations. (6 hours, in-person)


5. Creating Economic Resilience for Tribal Nations: Develop strategies to reduce disaster risks for tribal businesses and industries. (1.5 hours, in-person)

The Enterprise Innovation Institute has partnered with the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute and NABEDC.com to develop these courses being developed under DHS/FEMA Grant No. EMW-2023-CA-05334 for NTED. firstrepondertraining.gov.

Course Registration Guide

Follow our course registration guide to register for one of our FEMA courses.

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