Release of National Preparedness System Independent Study Program Courses

FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute, in coordination with the National Integration Center, has released revised Independent Study courses for the National Preparedness Goal and National Planning Frameworks. These courses introduce participants to the concept and principles of the Goal and Frameworks. The courses are intended for government executives, private-sector and nongovernmental organization (NGO) leaders, and emergency management practitioners. This includes senior elected and appointed leaders, such as Federal department or agency heads, State Governors, mayors, tribal leaders, and city or county officials.

The National Preparedness Goal defines what it means for the whole community to be prepared for all types of disasters and emergencies. These risks include events such as natural disasters, disease pandemics, chemical spills and other manmade hazards, terrorist attacks and cyber-attacks. The National Preparedness Goal also describes 32 activities, called core capabilities, which address the greatest risks to the nation. 

The National Planning Frameworks, which are part of the National Preparedness System, set the strategy and doctrine for building, sustaining, and delivering the core capabilities identified in the National Preparedness Goal. They describe the coordinating structures and alignment of key roles and responsibilities for the whole community and ensure interoperability across all mission areas.

The updates to the Independent Study Courses focus on discrete, critical content revisions as a result of the 2015 and 2016 National Preparedness Goal and National Planning Framework refresh efforts. Additional changes in the courses are the result of the lessons learned from implementing the Frameworks through recent real world events, as well as the findings of the National Preparedness Report. The course web links are listed below. A revised course for the refreshed National Disaster Recovery Framework will be released at a later date.

IS-2000: National Preparedness Goal and System Overview:

IS-2500: National Prevention Framework, An Introduction:

IS-2600: National Protection Framework, An Introduction:

IS-2700: National Mitigation Framework, An Introduction:

IS-800.c: National Response Framework, An Introduction:

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