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.
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.
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.
|ICS 300, Intermediate ICS
|Harford County Department of Emergency Services & Salisbury Fire Department #2||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.|
|G290/291 Basic PIO, JIS/JIC Planning Tribal, State, and Local PIOs
|Cambridge Public Safety Building||
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.
|ICS 400, Intermediate ICS||
Maryland State Police: Hagerstown Barrack & Salisbury Fire Department #2
|This 3-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.|
G191 ICS/EOC Interface
|Carroll County Public Safety Training Center||The goal of the course is to provide state and local emergency management officials with the knowledge and skills they need to operate an Emergency Operating Center (EOC) and interface it with an Incident Command System (ICS) field operation. The course provides an opportunity for participants to begin developing an ICS/EOC interface for their community. The course reviews ICS and EOC responsibilities and functions and depends heavily on exercise and group discussions to formulate the interface.|
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.