Emergency Management Institute (EMI)_Independent Study Program

The program currently consists of 66 courses available to participants, with the objective of enhancing public and selected audience knowledge of emergency management practices among officials of Federal, State, local and tribal governments and voluntary organizations in response to emergencies and disasters.

Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

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

Agency - Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security has three primary missions: Prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, reduce America's vulnerability to terrorism and minimize the damage from potential attacks and natural disasters.

Office - See EMI Catalog for listing of FEMA Regional Offices.

Program Accomplishments

In the preceding fiscal year there were 3,718,547 individuals completing independent study courses. Approximately 4,000,000 independent study course completions are anticipated by the end of the current fiscal year.

Uses and Use Restrictions


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State, local, Federally-recognized Tribal Government, U.


Territory or possession; specialized group and general public.

Refer to program guidance document or contact administering program office for course-specific eligibility requirements.

Beneficiary Eligibility

General public.



Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination


This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

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 http://training.fema.gov/IS.

Award Procedures

Independent study courses furnished directly to applicants meeting course-specific requirements.


Refer to announcement or application guidance for further information.


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.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Refer to program guidance document.


Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

An annual appropriation is anticipated for this program.

Post Assistance Requirements






Not applicable.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Training) FY 07 $870,110; FY 08 $881,000; and FY 09 est $1,100,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

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

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See EMI Catalog for listing of FEMA Regional Offices.

Headquarters Office

Department of Homeland Security 245 Murray Lane SW, Bldg 410, Washington DC, 20528.

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