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CLASSES AVAILABLE FROM CENTRAL REGION

The following presentations have been developed using Microsoft Power Point 2000. The course description provides information on the course as well as the intended audience. The courses can be presented by Central Region personnel or by other knowledgeable trainers. For a copy of the Power Point presentations, or to arrange for Central Region personnel to present the instruction, contact us at 800-272-7362 or (717) 651-7064 or at  fboylstein@pa.gov

Duties and Responsibilities (for Local Coordinators): This class is geared towards local coordinators and will cover the subjects as listed in PEMA’s Plan of Instruction Number One. The course is approximately two hours in length and will provide the information necessary for local coordinators of obtain a certificate. It fulfills the requirements for local coordinators and also provides credit for the “Duties and Responsibilities” requirement listed in PEMA Directive 90-3 (Emergency Management Education and Training) for basic certification.

The Work Environment of Emergency Management Coordinator: This class is geared towards local coordinators and will cover the subjects as listed in PEMA’s Plan of Instruction Number Two. The course is approximately two hours in length and will provide the information necessary for local coordinators to obtain a certificate. It fulfills the requirements for local coordinators and also provides credit for the “The Work Environment of the Emergency Management Coordinator” requirements listed in PEMA Directive 90-3 (Emergency Management Education and Training) for advanced certification.

Damage Reporting: This class is oriented toward the local coordinator and provides the information necessary for them to report disaster information to the county. In addition to basic reporting criteria, it covers the necessity to have a functional Emergency Operations Center (EOC), the need to complete disaster declarations, and the types of federal assistance that can be obtained for a presidential declared disaster. The class is approximately two hours in length. Several handouts are provided.

Damage Assessment: This class is oriented toward county damage assessment teams. The lesson plan will outline procedures to be followed at the county level to provide consistent damage assessment data in the shortest possible time. The “eight” systems to damage assessment for homes and the “four” systems approach to damage assessment for mobile homes are covered in detail. The formal presentation is approximately one hour and fifteen minutes followed by a thirty to forty five-minute practical exercise. Several handouts are provided.

Elected Officials Seminar on Emergency Management: This class is oriented toward newly elected officials, such as township supervisors and county commissioners, plus those elected officials that have not attended such a presentation. The class covers five subject areas; (1) The Emergency Management System; (2) The Emergency Management Services Code; (3) Chemical Safety Programs; (4) Responsibilities of the Elected Officials; and (5) Hazard Mitigation. There are approximately fifteen handouts with this class, including a copy of Title 35, The Elected Officials Handbook, and others. The seminar takes approximately four hours to conduct. However, if less time is available, the seminar can be tailored to the audience. Tailoring of the class will be completed by the appropriate county coordinator and Central Region personnel.

Emergency Operations Center Staff Responsibilities and Duties: This class is intended to assist in training new members of the County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) staff. It can also be used as a refresher for existing staff members. The class is oriented towards the specific duties and responsibilities of the particular positions on the typical staff and their interaction with both internal EOC staff as well as coordination with other county and PEMA staff sections. The duration of the class is based on the number of staff members to be trained, but is not longer than two hours. The presentation can usually be given in one evening even with all EOC staff members present.

Pennsylvania Emergency Incident Reporting System (PEIRS): This class is oriented toward those individuals that may have a need to report information under the PEIRS. It highlights the information found in PEMA Emergency Management Directive D2000-6 dated March 3, 2000. PEIRS establishes standard-reporting criteria, consolidated reporting requirements, and identifies the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency as the single point of contact for an incident that requires immediate reporting. PEIRS provides reporting criteria for county emergency management coordinators, communications centers, 911 centers, commercial and industrial facilities, volunteer agencies and state and federal agencies to report emergency incidents which may affect the safety, health, or welfare of citizens of the Commonwealth, result in major property damage, preclude the operation or use of essential public facilities, and require multi-jurisdictional response to the emergency incident. The class is approximately two hours in length.

The National Flood Insurance Program: This program is designed to familiarize individuals with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The NFIP is a Federal program enabling property owners in participating communities to purchase insurance protection against losses from flooding. The insurance is designed to provide an insurance alternative to disaster assistance to meet the escalating costs of repairing damage to buildings and their contents caused by floods. Eligibility for flood insurance; flood definitions; and coverage are covered. The class is approximately thirty to forty-five minutes in duration.

Weather: This course is designed to provide an overview and basic information on assisting individuals in understanding the terminology used by forecasters and the National Weather Service (NWS). The course covers hazardous weather, the definitions of outlooks, watches/warnings and differences, and advisories. In addition, different weather events and their effects are covered (such as what snow flurries mean, blizzards and their definitions, etc.); the definitions of different weather phenomenon such as tornadoes, flash floods, thunderstorms, earthquakes, hurricanes, fires/wildfires, wind, heat waves, drought, and other weather events are covered and well as what to do if these events occur. Many charts, graphs, and handouts are provided. The course is approximately one and one-half to two hours in length.