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Auxiliary Communication Service Courses


ACS courses are offered free-of-charge to all who are interested in providing backup, supplemental or emergency communications support to their community. Courses are offered jointly with HaCo ACS and classes meet in Towson at the Baltimore County Public Safety Building or in Forest Hill at the Harford County EOC.

Click here to review BaCo ACS training requirements than check the Event Calendar for current offerings.

Emergency Management Institute Independent Study Courses


Courses are offered free-of-charge to all who qualify for enrollment, and college credit can be obtained through a for-fee service after successful completion of a course. Each Independent Study Course includes lessons with practice exercises and a final examination. Students who score 75 percent or better are issued a certificate of achievement from EMI. Course completion times vary from two to fourteen hours, depending on the course and the student’s background.

NIMS An Introduction, IS-700
This course introduces and overviews the National Incident Management System (NIMS).  NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents.

Introduction to Incident Command System, ICS-100
Introduction to the Incident Command System, introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System. It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

Basic Incident Command SystemS, IS-200
The Incident Command System (ICS) is recognized as an effective system for managing emergencies. Several States have adopted ICS as their standard for emergency management, and others are considering adopting ICS. As ICS gains wider use, there is a need to provide training for those who are not first responders (i.e., law enforcement, fire, or emergency medical services personnel) who may be called upon to function in an ICS environment. This Basic Incident Command System (ICS) Course will begin to meet that need. The course includes a large number of scenarios, examples, and opportunities for students to apply what they have learned.

The Role of Voluntary Agencies in Emergency Management
This independent study course provides a basic understanding of the history, roles, and services of disaster relief voluntary agencies in providing disaster assistance. It is appropriate for both the general public and those involved in emergency management operations.

Effective CommunicationS, IS-242
Being able to communicate effectively is a necessary and vital part of the job for every emergency manager, planner, and responder. This course is designed to improve your communication skills. It addresses:

  1. Basic communication skills
  2. How to communicate in an emergency
  3. Identifying community-specific communication issues
  4. Using technology as a communication tool
  5. Effective oral communication
  6. How to prepare an oral presentation

Community Hurricane PreparednesS, IS-324
This course contains information about how hurricanes form, the hazards they pose, how the National Weather Service (NWS) forecasts future hurricane behavior, what tools and guiding principles can help prepare communities  The text is accompanied by illustrations, maps, charts, and diagrams

Protecting Your Home or Small Business From Disaster, IS-394
The purpose of this course is to provide a foundation of knowledge that will enable participants to: Describe different types of natural disasters; Describe hazards that pose a risk to their home or small business; Explain how protective measures can reduce or eliminate long-term risks to their home and personal property from hazards and their effects; Explain how protective measures for small businesses secure people, business property, and building structures and prevent business loss from a natural disaster

Fundamentals of Emergency ManagemenT, IS-230
This course is the first introductory course in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Emergency Management Institute’s (EMI) Independent Study Professional Development Series (PDS). Its goal is to introduce you to the fundamentals of emergency management (EM) as an integrated system, and how its resources and capabilities can be networked together for all hazards.


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