Neighborhood Continuity

Neighborhood Emergency Response Teams – Training and Exercises

National Priority: 4.8 – Community Preparedness: Strengthening Planning and Citizen Capabilities
Former Department of Homeland Security Under Secretary Tom Ridge and President George Bush and reauthorized by President Obama – “As uniformed emergency responders constitute less than one percent of the total U.S. population, it is clear that citizens must be better prepared, trained, and practiced on how best to take care of themselves and assist others in those first, crucial hours during and after a catastrophic incident. Citizens can reduce the demand for emergency assistance during catastrophic incidents through preparedness measures and actively contribute to the Nation’s response capability by participating in response and recovery activities. A trained and involved public will provide the Nation with a critical surge capacity to augment government efforts in a catastrophic incident.” In February 2006, the White House released “The Federal Response to Hurricane Katrina: Lessons Learned,” which emphasizes that citizen and community preparedness are among the most effective means of preventing terrorist attacks, as well as protecting against, mitigating, responding to, and recovering from all hazards.

Concept Background and Significance

Presidential Directives 5 and 8 in combination with related directives and public safety initiatives designed to bring cities and counties throughout America into one accord is a practical approach to public safety in the 21st Century. A unified mutual service and safety approach is a tactical and practical solution that will improve service delivery and reduce service gaps. NIMS, is an objective driven vehicle flexible enough for the private sector that meets governmental accountability standards and applications.
Capacity enhancement is a critical feature for sustainability, resilience, and interoperability for all none governmental and governmental groups. Public safety and health partnerships with totally invested home owners, renters, business owners, service providers with trained neighborhood resource partners would answer the number one manpower issue that faces government and none government interests.
Social capital resource pool existing in every neighborhood is under utilized.

Training and Service Index: Emergency Management Institute Curricula & Public Safety

Course Content and Subsets Optional:

  • Introduction to Presidential Directives 5 & 8 and National Security Initiatives compliance measures.
  • Completion of National Incident Management System Classes ISC 100, 200, 700, & 800a (NIMS) (NRF) (ESF # 1-14) (Additional Courses Optional)
  • How to develop an Emergency Operations Plan and Annexes (EOP)
  • Instruction on Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) review guidelines.
  • Neighborhood Mapping and Points of Distributions Mass Care and Medical Triage Staging Transport Sites – Shelters
  • Interoperability and Public Safety Neighborhood Cyber Surveillance Tips

Participant Audience:
The course is designed to assist all federal, state, city and county governments under federal compliance mandates. Audience includes stakeholders and businesses as well.

  • Non – Governmental Organizations
  • Private Sector (FEMA Recommendations)
  • Congregations and Service Agencies
  • Civic – Community Based Organizations
  • School Districts & Universities (Requirements)
  • Health Care Providers (Requirements)

Class Outcomes:
Participants will receive a certificate from Homeland Security/FEMA with CEU’s or College Credits where applicable.

  • Students will be able to demonstrate NIMS based protocols related to mitigation, preparedness, response, recovery, after action plans, hot-wash and lessons learned.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate neighborhood or agency sustainability, interoperability capabilities consistent with mutual aid agreements, HSEEPs protocols in conjunction with municipalities for extraction or aid.

Class Size: 30 Maximum per class
Course Length: Self Pace and Time Regulated
Venue: Classroom and On Line