This is an up-to-date independent study course training manual produced by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on emergency preparedness for individuals (IS-2). It states:
"Total protection from hazards cannot be provided by any government. Nor can individuals acting alone achieve complete security. The very word disaster is frightening. Government agencies at the Federal, State, and local levels have emergency management plans and procedures that can save lives and reduce damages. Your level of protection is affected by the emergency plans developed by your State and community. If you are prepared, you will be aware of features of those plans that affect you—such as the warning system your community would use—and will also have personal emergency plans to further ensure your safety."
"Unit One—The Four Phases of Emergency Management introduces the activities of preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation and addresses government and individual responsibilities for carrying out these activities. Unit Two—Analyzing the Risks describes the major natural and technological hazards and provides information on how to analyze the risks from these hazards. Unit Three—Natural-Hazards: Applying the Four Phases discusses the types of actions that can be taken to protect against natural hazards. Unit Four—Technological Hazards: Applying the Four Phases discusses, the types of actions that can be taken to protect against natural hazards. Planning is a key component of emergency management. Planning to Unit Five—Preparing a Family Disaster Plan identifies the essential deal with emergencies occurs at each government level—and should take place elements of a family disaster plan and provides exercises for developing at the personal or family level as well. Unit Six! —Personal Action Plans: Where to Go Next provides information on available emergency services. Unit Seven—Emergency Management Review."
This is the complete course manual made available by FEMA as part of the Emergency Management Institute Independent Study program, described this way by FEMA:
FEMA’s Independent Study Program is one of the delivery channels that the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) uses to provide training to the general public and specific audiences. Within the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, United States Fire Administration, operates the Emergency Management Institute (EMI). EMI produces independent study courses to train the general public as well as specific target audiences. The EMI Independent Study program consists of self-paced courses designed for people who have emergency management responsibilities and the general public. . .and college credit can be obtained through a for-fee service. Each Independent Study Course includes lessons with practice exercises and a final examination. Students who score 75 percent or better are issued a certificate of achievement from EMI. Course completion times vary from two to fourteen hours, depending on the course and the student’s background.
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