March 26, 2020

Online Training Opportunities

Below are some on-line courses volunteers can take while at home practicing social distancing. All are free and can be completed on your own time.


IS-100.C: Introduction to the Incident Command System

ICS-100, Introduction to the Incident Command System, introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System. It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).


IS-700.B: An Introduction to the National Incident Management System

This course provides an overview of the National Incident Management System (NIMS). The National Incident Management System defines the comprehensive approach guiding the whole community – all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations (NGO), and the private sector – to work together seamlessly to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the effects of incidents. The course provides learners with a basic understanding of NIMS concepts, principles, and components.


Highly Infectious and Emerging Disease Protection: The Basics

This training provides instruction on recognition of and protection from highly infectious and newly emerging threats in the workplace. The online, learn-as-you-go format delivers awareness level training to non-clinical workers in healthcare, as well as public health and law enforcement staff.


Psychological First Aid (PFA) Online

Includes a 6-hour interactive course that puts the participant in the role of a provider in a post-disaster scene. This course is for individuals new to disaster response who want to learn the core goals of PFA, as well as for seasoned practitioners who want a review. It features innovative activities, video demonstrations, and mentor tips from the nation’s trauma experts and survivors. PFA online also offers a Learning Community where participants can share about experiences using PFA in the field, receive guidance during times of disaster, and obtain additional resources and training.


Cultural Competency Curriculum for Disaster Preparedness and Crisis Response

This set of courses is designed to help you deliver culturally and linguistically competent services in disaster situations. Cultural and linguistic competency is the capacity for individuals and organizations to work and communicate effectively in cross-cultural situations. Cultural and linguistic competency can help improve the quality of the care you deliver to individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds. (You must create an account before having access to the course)


You Are The Help Until Help Arrives

FEMA’s You Are the Help Until Help Arrives provides tools to educate and empower the public to act in an emergency situation before professional help arrives by taking five Until Help Arrives key actions:

  • Call 9-1-1
  • Protect the injured from harm
  • Stop bleeding
  • Position the injured so they can breathe
  • Provide comfort


IS394.A: Protecting Your Home or Small Business From Disaster

The purpose of this course is to provide a foundation of knowledge that will enable participants to describe different types of natural disasters; describe hazards that pose a risk to their home or small business; explain how protective measures can reduce or eliminate long-term risks to their home and personal property from hazards and their effects; and explain how protective measures for small businesses secure people, business property, and building structures and prevent business loss from a natural disaster.


IS-10.A: Animals in Disasters: Awareness and Preparedness

 The objectives of this course are to increase awareness and preparedness among animal owners and care providers, and to describe how typical hazards affect animals and what can be done by responsible owners to reduce the impact of disasters.


IS-907: Active Shooter: What You Can Do

All employees can help prevent and prepare for potential active shooter situations. This course provides guidance to individuals, including managers and employees, so that they can prepare to respond to an active shooter situation.