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FEMA Common FAQ

As a rule, no. Since you have already completed the course, most GI benefits will not pay the accreditation fee. Please see your education services office for assistance.

No, we do not provide a waiting list for courses that are not already available. We recommend that you visit the “Our Courses,” page frequently. As new courses become available to the general public they will be posted there.

Free emergency preparedness kits are not provided.  Guidance about preparing a kit is available on the Build A Kit page.

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DHS recommends that individuals allow ten square feet of floor space per person in order to provide sufficient air to prevent carbon dioxide build up for up to 5 hours assuming a normal breathing rate while resting.Many chemical releases would be diluted within a few hours, so the direction to shelter-in-place would likely be made for a short time period while a chemical cloud dissipates.

You should remain in your sealed room until local authorities notify you that it is safe. Pay close attention to all official warnings and instructions to proceed. You should include a battery-powered radio with extra batteries in your emergency supply kit that you store in your shelter-in-place room for this purpose.

Move quickly to a small room with the least amount of windows and outdoor walls. Use any material in the area to block air from easily flowing into the room. This can include packing tape, rugs, plastic bags, newspaper or clothing. These are not the preferred materials for sealing a room, but would be better than no protective measures.

Studies have show that using duct tape and plastic sheeting to shelter-in-place during a chemical or biological attack provides additional protection to people sheltering-in-place beyond that provided for by the structure of the house alone.

Always keep a written copy of your prescriptions and orders for medical equipment and supplies with you, a list of all medications, equipment and supplies you use (including over-the-counter) and perhaps an electronic copy on a flash drive, even if you don’t use a computer. And, if you use prescription medications or consumable medical supplies, and can’t easily obtain an emergency supply, ask your insurance company to assist you in obtaining and maintaining enough medication and supplies to have on hand in case you must shelter in place unexpectedly. If you are able to obtain an emergency supply, be sure to establish a plan for rotating your supply so it remains up-to-date. If you are unable to obtain an emergency supply, be sure to always fill prescriptions on the first day you become eligible for a refill, rather than waiting until the day you run out.

Bringing plants into the shelter-in-place room will not extend the time you can stay in the room.