After suspending in-person training at the agency’s campuses in March 2020, FEMA will reopen its campuses with reduced student populations on April 5, 2021.
In-person training will resume at the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Alabama and at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland, which is home to the Emergency Management Institute and the National Fire Academy.
Upon reopening, FEMA will test all students and instructors for COVID-19 – including those who have been partially or fully vaccinated against the virus – once upon their arrival on campus and a second time 72 hours later. All staff members will also be routinely tested. In addition, daily temperature checks of all students, instructors and staff will be conducted and, if warranted, additional COVID-19 testing may be performed.
FEMA will also require all students, instructors and staff to use cloth face coverings and social distance while on campus. Additionally, students will be billeted in single rooms with private bathrooms at both campuses.
Students at the Center for Domestic Preparedness will be provided to-go meals, while students at the National Emergency Training Center will be served cafeteria-style meals in dining areas where they will be expected to social distance.
Any changes to scheduled course deliveries will be communicated to students and instructors no later than the Thursday prior to the course start dates.
In a typical year, FEMA and its partners train approximately 2.2 million first responders and other officials, including 52,000 in person at campuses managed by FEMA and its partners. This training is critical to enhancing the resilience of responders and their communities across the nation to prevent, mitigate, respond to and recover from disasters.