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EM 408 Homeland Security Planning for Local Governments
In addition to the terrible awakening brought about by the events of September 11, numerous terrorist incidents and planned exercises before and since that day have taught us valuable lessons that can help guide our planning efforts.
These lessons make it clear that emergency planners, decisionmakers, first responders, and other response participants at all levels and in all types of local settings must ensure that preparedness and response capabilities specifically address the terrorist threat.
At the end of this course, you should be able to:
Potential targets of terrorism are not always the obvious ones. An attack on something other than a high-visibility target (e.g., a crucial bridge, a power grid, a communications center) may be easier because of lower security, and can have far-ranging effects.
Existing Emergency Operations Plans (EOPs) provide a good basis for planning and preparation but must be revisited to incorporate lessons learned about terrorist threats.
In planning for terrorism, we must consider that every community-large and small-has potential targets. "Thinking like terrorists" can help ensure that such targets will be identified in the jurisdiction's threat analysis.
This course assumes that you are familiar with the Incident Command System (ICS) and does not explain how ICS operates.
There are 13 modules in this course. The files are approximately one MB for the benefit of low bandwidth (14.4 and 28.8 modem) users. The naming protocol is em408a.exe, em408b.exe, EM408ToolKit_1-5.pdf, EM408ToolKit_6-12.pdf, EM408ToolKit_appendices.pdf. Graphics may not be optimum in these documents due to originals and file size considerations. This FEMA developed course was released January 2004.
Upon receiving your paid registration, we will send you the password to open these. We recommend you print out the pages as you need them and keep them as a paper reference.
The test is taken online. When you pass the test, you will be mailed a certificate of completion.
The final exam is 33 questions taken from the reading material. You may use any of the materials while taking the test.
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