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
​G290/291 Basic PIO, JIS/JIC Planning Tribal, State, and Local PIOs
Annapolis Police Department The G290 Basic Public Information Course emphasizes the basic skills and knowledge needed for emergency management public information activities. Topics include the role of the PIO in emergency management, conducting awareness campaigns, news release writing, and television interviews.
The G291 Joint Information Center/Joint Information System Course discusses how to work in a multi-jurisdiction and/or multi-agency JIC, JIC concept of operations and how to plan for and equip a JIC.
PER-340: Active Threat Integrated Response Monday
Baltimore City-Mayor's Office of Emergency Management  The Active Threat Integrated Response Course (ATIRC) is a three-day, 24-hour performance level direct delivery course designed to improve integration between law enforcement, fire, and EMS during active threat events. The course provides law enforcement officers with key medical skills based on tactical emergency casualty care (TECC) guidelines, which can be used at the point of injury to increase survivability of victims in active shooter events. The course also provides a model framework for law enforcement, fire, and EMS to integrate responses during an active threat event through the rescue task force concept using the Active Shooter Incident Management Checklist.
2019 MEMA Hurricane Workshop

We would like to invite our state agency SEOC representatives and local jurisdiction emergency managers to attend the 2019 MEMA Hurricane Preparedness Workshop. National Weather Service will provide a briefing on how they along with the National Hurricane Center provide forecast modeling and predictions and worst-case hurricane track information. MEMA will use the National Weather Service model to drive preparedness and response decision making. The outcomes of this workshop will be the determination of critical decision points, synchronized timeline activities and overall preparedness actions to be taken pre-landfall.

​ICS 300, Intermediate ICS
Anne Arundel County Police Department Training Academy This course provides training on and resources for personnel who require advanced application of the Incident Command System (ICS). This course expands upon information covered in the ICS-100 and ICS-200 courses. The course objectives are as follows: • Describe how the national Incident Management System (NIMS) Command and Management component supports the management of expanding incidents. • Describe the incident/event management process for supervisors and expanding incidents as prescribed by the Incident Command System (ICS). • Implement the incident management process on a simulated Type 3 incident. • Develop an Incident Action Plan (IAP) for a simulated incident.
​ICS 400, Intermediate ICS Thursday
Anne Arundel County Police Department Training Academy This 2-day course addresses the practicalities of conducting successful interactions, managing the classroom experience, and making presentations. It covers the basics of adult learning and of training evaluation for those wanting more experience in this area.Participants have several opportunities to practice presentation and instructional skills, first as spokespersons for small groups, then during short duo presentations, 3-minute individual presentations, and, finally, 20-minute individual presentations, using material related to their own programs or functions. Detailed feedback is provided.

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.