FEMA Training Grants

FEMA Training Grants

The National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP), Columbia Climate School, at Columbia University has been awarded U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants totaling $8.25 million dollars (2016-2024). 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. In September 2021, NCDP, was awarded two additional grants to develop training programs in mass care community sheltering and relocation assistance and pandemic preparedness and response. These training programs will highlight best practices and lessons learned for pandemic planning in mass care settings, with a specific focus on the needs of society’s most vulnerable. 

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 instructor-led or web-based courses available, download the FEMA Training Course Catalog (PDF). 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 at https://www.ncdpcourses.org.

Background

Recent disasters, such as Hurricanes Ida, Harvey, Irma, and Maria, unprecedented flooding, wildfires, and the 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, pandemic planning in mass care settings, 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. These free training programs are 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 while addressing the needs of vulnerable populations. 

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. Themes from the 2018 Disaster Recovery Reform Act are also included.

Instructor-led trainings will be offered throughout the U.S. in 2021 – 2022. Register for the instructor-led course. Due to the COVID-19, instructor-led courses will be run virtually.

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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 2021 – 2022. Register for the instructor-led course. Due to the COVID-19, instructor-led courses will be run virtually.

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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, as specified in the 2018 Disaster Recovery Reform Act, 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 2021 – 2022. Register for the instructor-led course. Due to the COVID-19, instructor-led courses will be run virtually.

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Designing and Administering Custom Housing Programs for State, Tribal, and Territorial Governments

This training program addresses the needs of disaster victims through state, Tribal, and territorial housing programs and pandemic planning for mass sheltering. Particular emphasis will be given to new initiatives related to the 2018 Disaster Recovery Reform Act, such as the formation of Disaster Housing Task Forces. By the end of the training, learners will be able to describe how FEMA can provide grants to state, Tribal and territorial governments to directly administer temporary and permanent housing construction. Learners will also be able to identify planning best practices for housing socially vulnerable populations, including children, the elderly, and those with special needs.

Instructor-led trainings will be offered throughout the U.S. in 2021 – 2022. Register for the instructor-led course. Due to the COVID-19, instructor-led courses will be run virtually.

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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 2021 – 2022. Register for the instructor-led course. Due to the coronavirus, instructor-led courses will be run virtually.

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AWR-357-W: Principles of Community Economic Recovery

This web-based course provides a customized overview regarding the timely restoration, strengthening, and revitalization of sustainable financial processes following large-scale disasters. This course will also provide information on available local, regional and national financial resources and focus on specific tasks the learner can carry out to foster economic resiliency.

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PER-376-W: Preparedness Actions to Promote Economic Resilience and Recovery

This web-based course prepares organizations in communicating and defining action steps that they can take to ensure their economic resilience to disasters. Topics and tools covered include those for Business Continuity Planning (BCP), small businesses, insurance categories, and coverage options, hazard assessment, evaluation, mitigation and ways to promote employee and family preparedness through community planning.

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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 Agreements EMW-2017-CA-00043, EMW-2018-CA-00068, EMW-2018-CA-00069, EMW-2019-CA-00049, EMW-2020-CA-00064, and EMW-2021-CA-00092 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 training requires participants to register for a FEMA Student Identification (SID) Number prior to attending: https://cdp.dhs.gov/femasid/register.