FEMA Training Grants

The National Center for Disaster Preparedness, of the Earth Institute, Columbia University has been awarded five U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants totaling $6.75 million dollars (2016-2022). These programs focus on post-disaster economic and housing recovery, with a particular emphasis on the ways in which communities can more effectively prepare for and bounce back from catastrophic events. The free curricula, available across the U.S. in both instructor led and web based modalities, include several collaborative activities, planning tools, tool kits, and geographic information system resources that learners can incorporate into their work practices.

To find out more about this training program or to register for an instructor led or web-based course, please visit our FEMA training portal here: https://www.ncdpcourses.org


Recent disasters, such as Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, which struck the U.S. during 2017, and the current COVID-19 pandemic, have underscored the need for more training programs geared for business continuity planning, economic impact analysis, financial literacy, housing disaster case management, and the transition of disaster survivors from temporary to permanent housing. Needs assessments conducted by the National Center for Disaster Preparedness have highlighted the lack of trainings in these areas. This free training program is an effort to initiate new dialogues about how federal, state, local and tribal/ territorial partners can collaborate with the private sector on economic and housing issues.

Community Planning for Economic Recovery

Two web based courses, Principles of Community Economic Recovery (1.5 hours) and Preparedness Actions to Promote Economic Resilience and Recovery (1.5 hours) focus on economic impact analysis, business continuity planning and partnerships for resiliency, while also providing case studies, interactive exercises, planning tools, and, resources.

An instructor-led version of the training program (8 hours) is also available for free registration at various sites throughout the U.S.  

Register here for the web-based courses or the instructor led course. Due to the coronavirus, Instructor-led courses will be run virtually. 

Addressing Gaps in Housing Disaster Recovery: A Training Program for the Whole Community

This training program addresses a number of pre- and post-disaster planning issues in relation to long-term housing recovery. Learners will learn how to design, develop, coordinate, and implement a comprehensive and flexible management plan to coordinate Federal, state, local, private, and philanthropic resources to identify and provide short and long-term housing solutions, and incorporate sustainability and resilience measures into long-term housing redevelopment.

The course will also introduce FEMA and state housing programs that highlight best practices for quickly housing disaster survivors, along with long-term housing considerations pertaining to permanent development, and collaboration with insurance companies, lenders, housing providers, housing developers, and community stakeholders.

Instructor-led trainings will be offered throughout the U.S. in the Spring, 2020. 

Transitioning Disaster Survivors from Temporary to Permanent Housing

This training program focuses on disaster case management for the housing sector and the transition of disaster survivors from temporary to permanent housing. Learners will participate in case studies and gain insights into expanding FEMA housing efforts such as the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program and the Multi-Family Lease and Repair Program (MLR). This training provides examples from recent and historic disasters to show how important it is to be aware of the full array of challenges with code enforcement and permitting.

Instructor-led trainings will be offered throughout the U.S. in the Summer, 2020. 

Enhancing Financial Literacy of Individuals and Businesses for Post-Disaster Recovery

This training program focuses on ways to better foster financial literacy for both families and businesses. Through the introduction of a SWOT Analysis (Skills-Weaknesses-Opportunities-Threats), the curriculum helps families and organizations identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats in relation to financial planning for post-disaster economic recovery. A series of case studies pertaining to financial decision making are provided, along with several federal programs for which disaster survivors can apply for financial assistance. 

Instructor-led trainings will be offered throughout the U.S. in the Summer, 2020. 

Innovative Disaster Recovery Strategies for Interim and Permanent Housing Construction

This training program addresses ways to coordinate and manage a state or local disaster housing task force, to include post-incident assessment capabilities, resource coordination and integration, and long-term housing recovery planning. The curriculum is designed to increase the student’s awareness of the roles of zoning, code enforcement, and utility infrastructure restoration in post-disaster housing planning, and the needs of historically under-served populations for long term housing recovery.

Instructor-led trainings will be offered throughout the U.S. in the Spring, 2021. 

FEMA’s National Training and Education Division (NTED) offers a full catalog of courses at no cost to help build critical skills that responders need to function effectively in mass consequence events. Course subjects range from Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) terrorism, cybersecurity, and agro-terrorism to citizen preparedness and public works. NTED courses include multiple delivery methods: instructor led (direct deliveries), train-the-trainers (indirect deliveries), customized (conferences and seminars), and web- based. Instructor-led courses are offered in residence (i.e., at a training facility) or through mobile programs, in which courses are brought to state and local jurisdictions that request the training.

Visit the National Training and Education Division (NTED) website (www.firstrespondertraining.gov) for a full list of FEMA NTED courses.

This project is supported by Cooperative Agreement Number EMW- 2016-CA-00123 administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Point of views or opinions expressed in this document are those of the author and do not represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. All trainings require participants to register for a FEMA Student Identification (SID) Number prior to attending. Register for an SID: https://cdp.dhs.gov/femasid/register