One of the fundamental missions of emergency management is to train personnel with the knowledge, skills, and abilities they need to respond to an emergency. FSU Emergency Management has developed this training program with this goal in mind. While most of the content on this page is geared toward FSU employees who are members of the FSU Emergency Management Team, many options are open to students, faculty, staff and other interested people.

The training program is custom designed with classes deemed necessary to fully develop the FSU Emergency Management Team into one of the best higher education emergency response systems in the country. It starts with the basics, including a number of courses which have been deemed required for numerous persons who serve on the FSU Emergency Management Team. See each course description for required participation and pre-requisite training requirements.


  • National Incident Management System (NIMS) / Incident Command System (ICS). The Florida State University has a NIMS ICS Training Policy  which governs which university employees or university-affiliated personnel requires National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS) training and to what levels. (*MUST BE AN FSU AFFILIATE TO VIEW LINK*)
  • FSU Emergency Management & Homeland Security Academic Program. Located within the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy in the College of Social Sciences & Public Policy, the Emergency Management & Homeland Security program offers a wide variety of classes at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. You can take these classes as individual electives or several collectively to earn one of their certificates. Learn More.
  • Florida Division of Emergency Management. The Florida Division of Emergency Management administers a comprehensive training program throughout the state. These are typically intermediate to advanced level courses offered in multi-day classroom sessions. Learn More.


  • Fundamentals of Emergency Management (I-230.d) Emergency management provides a structure for anticipating and dealing with emergency incidents. Emergency management involves participants at all governmental levels and in the private sector. Activities are geared according to phases before, during, and after emergency events. The effectiveness of emergency management rests on a network of relationships among partners in the system. Available online as independent study from FEMA.
  • Emergency Planning (I-235.b) This course is designed for emergency management personnel who are involved in developing an effective emergency planning system.This course offers training in the fundamentals of the emergency planning process, including the rationale behind planning. It will develop your capability for effective participation in the all-hazard emergency operations planning process to save lives and protect property threatened by disaster. Includes custom FSU material for developing department-level emergency plans. Available online as independent study from FEMA.
  • Decision Making & Problem Solving (I-241.b) Being able to make decisions and solve problems effectively is a necessary and vital part of the job for every emergency manager, planner, and responder. This course is designed to improve your decision-making skills. It addresses: the decision-making process, decision-making styles, attributes of an effective decision maker, and ethical decision making and problem solving. Available online as independent study from FEMA.
  • Active Shooter: What You Can Do (I-907) An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and other populated area. In most cases, active shooters use firearms and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims. Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. This course provides guidance to individuals so that they can prepare to respond to an active shooter situation. Available online as independent study from FEMA.


The FSU Emergency Management staff can offer training upon request for groups of 10 or more. We can present any of the National Incident Management System, Incident Command System, or FEMA Independent Study courses in a formalized classroom setting catered to your audience. Contact us for more information.