Basic Academy Courses

March 14, 2017  //  

The long awaited and much anticipated final four courses of the EMPP Basic Academy program are now available in Virginia.  The Basic Academy provides emergency management professionals with an understanding of emergency management’s current policies, practices, and lessons learned as well as the skills and abilities needed to develop this important profession further.  As a graduate of the L0101 Foundations of Emergency Management course, you are ready to complete the subsequent courses in the program. (See below for an overview of the EMPP Basic Academy curriculum and course descriptions.)

To this end, Virginia Department of Emergency Management is delighted to offer you enrollment priority for any or all of the following classes:

Apr 17-19, 2017          L0102 Science of Disasters                                  N. Chesterfield, VA

Apr 20-21, 2017          L0103 Planning:  Emergency Operations       N. Chesterfield, VA

August 14-15, 2017    L0104 Exercise Design                                         N. Chesterfield, VA

August 16-17, 2017     L0105 Public Information and Warning         N. Chesterfield, VA

EMPP Basic Academy – Curriculum Overview

The EMPP Basic Academy is a five (5) course entry-level program for individuals pursuing a career in emergency management.  It is also suitable for experienced emergency management personnel who want to expand their knowledge across all mission areas and contexts.  The first course in the program is L0101 Foundations of Emergency Management, which is required to enroll in the four subsequent courses. These subsequent courses build on the introductory concepts introduced in L0101 to provide students with a more in-depth understanding in key knowledge areas.

L0102 Science of Disaster (3 days): This course provides participants with an overview of scientific principles and concepts that come into play in the management of a wide range of disasters. Emergency management professionals should have a baseline understanding of biological, chemical, and weather related event.  Students will learn the science behind events and disasters that shape our increasingly dangerous world.

L0103 Planning: Emergency Operations (2 days):  This course is designed to give students an introduction to the basic concepts and steps involved in the planning aspects of emergency operations.  Planning is a critical component in the effective management of emergencies and their consequences. Building on the core principles introduced in L0101, L0103 provides learners with a more in-depth exploration of the planning process and its critical role in all phases of emergency management.

L0104 Exercise Design (2 days): Exercises are a fundamental component in the preparing for emergencies.  This course provides learners with an introduction to the fundamentals of exercise design. The course prepares students for participation in exercises as well as roles in the exercise implementation and evaluation processes.

L0105 Public Information (2 days): This course introduces students to the role of the Public Information Officer (PIO) in emergency management.  Students are also introduced to basic of the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS).

Time is of the essence as these courses are bound to be in high demand.  Your next step is to let us know what your preferences by completing this form:  VDEM Basic Academy Survey.   We welcome your input even if you are not planning to pursue these courses at this time.

Thank you for sharing your interest with us and your continued support.  Please do not hesitate to contact Donna Taylor at if you have any questions or require additional information.

Be ready. Be willing to help.

Virginia Disaster Relief Fund