Memo from Timothy Manning, Deputy Administrator, Protection and National Preparedness

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Emergency Preparedness for FEMA Employees

As National Preparedness Month continues, we as FEMA employees need to make sure we are ready for emergencies that could threaten our homes, workplaces, or communities.  By preparing for emergencies, we all can enhance the safety of our families and strengthen our ability to carry out our work.

This year, I am pleased to announce a new Independent Study (IS) course that introduces the basics of emergency preparedness to Federal employees.  This course is available in two versions:

  • IS-450: Emergency Preparedness for Federal Employees
  • IS-450.NC: Emergency Preparedness for Federal Employees in the National Capital Region

This new course now forms the foundation of the DHS Employee Preparedness Initiative (EPI), and replaces the existing required SkillSoft course on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness.  Instead of completing the SkillSoft course annually, FEMA employees now will be required to complete either IS-450 or IS-450.NC just once, as your introduction to the EPI curriculum.

The “NC” version includes information specific to the National Capital Region, including information on Metro, OPM closure and dismissal procedures, and local alert systems.  Employees should take either IS-450 or IS-450.NC, depending on your work location.  Both versions take approximately one hour to complete.

As a reminder, all FEMA employees must complete at least one EPI course every six months.  This new course provides a good opportunity for you to meet the EPI requirement for the six-month period ending September 30, 2012, if you have not already done so.

Both IS-450 and IS-450.NC are available now in the FEMA Employee Knowledge Center (FEKC).  To take either version of this course, login to FEKC at

For more information about EPI, please see the attached illustration or visit


Last Updated: 
09/21/2012 - 11:56