Training & Exercise 

Emergency preparedness training and exercises are not open to the public. Community Outreach events are open to the public. Official agency representatives who want to observe exercises may contact the Office of Emergency Management about attending.

Exercise Schedule

Exercises are a key component of national preparedness—they provide elected and appointed officials and stakeholders from across the whole community with the opportunity to shape planning, assess and validate capabilities, and address areas for improvement in a low-risk environment.

Training Schedule

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers free Independent Study (IS) online courses that are available to the general public on a wide variety of topics. To learn more about the Independent Study Program and view available courses click here.

Check this page often to see what training opportunities are available throughout the region. Current and upcoming classes are listed below.

Title Dates Location Description
G205Recovery from Disaster: The Local Government Role

MEMA SEOC This course covers the activities usually performed by local governments after the emergency response to a disaster has peaked and the long–term activities (called recovery) begin. Recovery may commence while the emergency response is still ongoing; however, recovery activities usually require different knowledge, skills and abilities than response activities, and are usually performed by a different team of people. This course identifies the types of local government officials who may serve on a disaster recovery team and describes their roles and responsibilities as a member of that team .

L0276: Benefit Cost Analysis: Entry Level



This course is designed as an introduction to the fundamental concepts of benefit-cost (BC) analysis. Participants will learn how to obtain BC data and conduct analyses using the latest version of the Benefit Cost Toolkit. This course will not teach how to conduct level-two BC analyses.

Selection Criteria: The primary audience for this course is Federal, state, local, and tribal hazard mitigation staff; applicants/grantees; subapplicants/subgrantees; and personnel who are involved in the grant application development process and provide technical assistance.

PER-335, Critical Decision Making for Complex Coordinated Attacks Tuesday
Public Safety Training Academy This course provides first responders from multiple disciplines with skills to manage the initial response to a large-scale attack in a chaotic environment during a complex coordinated attack (CCA). It aims to train responders in how to use intuitive skills such as observation, analysis, anticipation, and awareness to recognize the possibility of an attack involving multiple incidents of an extreme magnitude that inundate resources, exceed conventional tactics and strategies, and often require a joint response involving members from multiple disciplines and jurisdictions. They will also learn to recognize and prevent potential response obstacles or risks to safety including self-deployment.
WebEOC Training

Montgomery County EOC Training Room This class will cover basic WebEOC subjects such as, the purpose and function of MEMA’s WebEOC application, the function of the WebEOC control panel and various “boards,” as well as such essential skills as logging in and out of the application.
The class will also include advanced material such as working with the WebEOC “boards,” including the correct board to use, how to find information on the boards, and how to enter information into a board. The class will include a simulated event that will provide a hands-on experience using WebEOC and performing WebEOC duties.
Training will include use of the OSPREY application, both mapping and dashboard functions, and understanding the uses of each tool available in the application.

Upcoming Conferences

We encourage our staff to increase their general knowledge and learn about new trends and best practices while providing them with the opportunity to establish new working relationships with other professionals. Here are some of the training venues you will find Annapolis OEM staff this year:

  • National Hurricane Conference (April 22-25)
    The primary goal of the National Hurricane Conference is to improve hurricane preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation in order to save lives and property in the United States and the tropical islands of the Caribbean and Pacific. In addition, the conference serves as a national forum for federal, state and local officials to exchange ideas and recommend new policies to improve Emergency Management.
  • National Homeland Security Conference (UASI) (June 17-20)
    The National Homeland Security Conference provides a direct bridge to connect and share best practices among those charged with keeping our Nation safe.  Attendees typically include Homeland Security professionals, Emergency Managers and planners, public safety representatives from every response discipline, local, State, and Federal government leaders from the largest metropolitan areas in the 50 states and U.S. territories, as well as subject matter experts from the private sector.
  • International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) Conference (November 15-20)
    The IAEM Annual Conference provides a forum to discuss current trends and topics, share information about the latest tools and technology in emergency management and homeland security, and advance the work of IAEM. Conference sessions encourage stakeholders at all levels of government, the private sector, public health and related professions to exchange ideas and collaborate to protect lives and property from disaster.

NOTE: These conferences are available to the general public and will have a fee attached in order to attend. For more information, click on the name of the event that interests you.