EMPP 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:


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.

L0146 Exercise Design (2 days): Exercises are a fundamental component in the preparing for emergencies.  This course incorporates exercise guidance and best practices from the HSEEP Volumes. It is an interactive course that allows participants to share personal lessons learned and best practices while gaining practical experience. In addition to the instructor-led course presentations, the course includes small group activities, group discussions, and introductions to HSEEP and related initiatives such as supporting technology (e.g., HSEEP Toolkit) and capabilities-based planning (e.g., UTL and TCL). This approach provides participants with hands-on experience that readily translates to real-world exercise responsibilities. Activities include creating exercise documentation, conducting planning conferences and briefings, and practicing exercise evaluation.

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).

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

Be ready. Be willing to help.

Virginia Disaster Relief Fund