EMMITSBURG, Md.— With its myriad natural disasters, unprecedented gun violence and preponderance of riots, 2017 has shaped up to be a year of extraordinary challenges. How this affects students (and those charged with both their education and their safety) is of concern to school administrators across the nation. Fortunately, safety compliance management providers offer an array of training solutions including nine Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) safety training courses available for free.
The courses, which range from the relatively vague titled “Leadership and Influence” to the comparatively ominous (and unfortunately necessary) “Preparing for Mass Casualty Incidents: A Guide for Schools, Higher Education and Houses of Worship,” are intended for building and district-level administrators, and were created by FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI).
The courses can be obtained via the EMI website or through vendors such as PublicSchoolWORKS, which allows free access to its customers. PublicSchoolWORKS safety compliance management solutions have assisted schools in meeting their compliance requirements for the past 17 years.
“We hand-picked these nine FEMA courses because they directly address the skills we know administrators will need in the event of an emergency situation,” said Tom Strasburger, vice president, Strategic Alliances, PublicSchoolWORKS, in a statement. “We added them to our catalog to make it more convenient and easier to track completion for our customers.”
PublicSchoolWORKS provides an assessment to ensure administrators can apply the safety concepts to real-life situations. Moreover, the system is automated such that, once a trainee is assigned a course, the system automatically emails them to access and complete the training online at their convenience. The system also has baked in user retention and sends reminder emails at certain intervals to keep those who have not yet completed their training engaged and accountable. Automating the system makes administering the training more manageable for cash-strapped districts.
Enrollment in EMI courses is generally limited to U.S. residents; however, each year a limited number of international participants are accommodated. To participate in an EMI course via the EMI website, applicants must meet the selection criteria and prerequisites specified for each specific course. Participants may not take the same course more than once.