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If you have interest in developing your knowledge of emergency preparedness and ability to respond to emergencies, you may want to consider taking the FREE home study courses available through FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency). There are currently seven courses that can be taken in the comfort of your own home and at your own pace. The time to complete each course varies with the particular course, but may be as little as 4 hours, up to 14 hours for some of the courses. Each course has an "open book" test at the end of it. If you pass the course with at least a 75% score, you will receive a nice Certificate of Achievement. If you are interested in obtaining college credits, that too is possible by paying a small fee to a special college. Military Retirement Points can also be earned.


The current courses are: The Emergency Program Manager, Emergency Preparedness USA, Radio-logical Emergency Management, Hazardous Materials: A Citizen's Orientation, Portable Emergency Data System, and A Citizen's Guide to Disaster Assistance.

You can take all the courses, or only one, if you so desire. If you want to try one, I suggest you take either "A Citizen's Guide to Disaster Assistance" or "Emergency Preparedness USA."

To obtain information or register for the courses, write to: Federal Emergency Management Agency, Emergency Management Institute, Home Study Program, 16825 S Seton Ave, Emmitsburg, MD 21727-9986.

Sincerely Byron Kirkwood