Training Opportunities

🔵🔵 The National Center for Disaster Preparedness reminds us that web-based trainings are currently available for housing and economic disaster recovery, pandemic planning, and mass care and sheltering. These free, web-based trainings can be completed on your own time and provide knowledge geared for your job role. Learn more and see the list of courses.

🔵🔵 The Lehigh Emergency Services Training Academy (LESTA) was established to coordinate the delivery of training to all fire and rescue services, EMS and Law Enforcement within Lehigh County, PA.  Out of county students: It is LESTA’s policy not to turn away out of county students as long as in-county (LEHIGH) students are given first priority.  See the Training Website.

🔵🔵 FEMA is hosting a webinar on the newly released Achieving Equitable Recovery: A Post-Disaster Guide for Local Officials and Leaders, on

The goal of the Equity Guide is to help leaders incorporate diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (“DEIA”) in their post-disaster recovery management work. Successful disaster recovery requires the whole community to rebuild in a thoughtful, equitable, and resilient manner. This guide supports leaders in their efforts to build equity into the recovery process by establishing more diverse partnerships, conducting inclusive strategic public engagement, identifying needs of the whole community, leveraging mitigation opportunities, and identifying opportunities to help leverage additional funding opportunities.  The Equity Guide provides actionable steps and includes, checklists, toolkits, case studies, and community examples on how to incorporate equity throughout the recovery management process.  Get a copy of the Equity Guide.

🔵🔵 FEMA will host a webinar on February 1, 2024 at 1 PM ET to share the results of the 2023 National Household Survey on Disaster Preparedness.  This webinar is designed for emergency managers and community and non-profit leaders to learn more about gaps and opportunities to increase individual preparedness in their communities. Register in advance for the webinar. Read more about the survey findings.

🔵🔵  FEMA will hold the 2024 Hazard Mitigation Partners Workshop virtually Feb. 5-8, 2024, from 12:00 – 4:45 p.m. ET. The Hazard Mitigation Partners  During the workshop FEMA shares updates about mitigation grants and floodplain management and works to strengthen relationships with stakeholders.  The theme for this year’s workshop is All Together for Climate Resilient Communities. Discussions will focus on building mitigation champions, driving community resilience, and providing technical assistance for grant applications.  Daily Themes:

Monday, Feb. 5, 2024: Equity

Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024: Partnerships

Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024: Capacity & Capability Building

Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024: Hazard Mitigation and Floodplain Management Training Sessions

 Click here to register!

🔵🔵 FEMA’s Grant Programs Directorate (GPD) invites interested organizations to attend upcoming webinars regarding the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP). The NSGP is a competitive grant awarded to nonprofit organizations at high risk of a terrorist or other extremist attack    for the purposes of facility hardening and other security enhancements.  It is strongly recommended that you review the NSGP resources found here to maximize the benefit of attendance.

  • Thursday, February 8, 2024, 2 PM ET.  Register.
  • Friday, February 16, 2024, 1 PM ET.  Register.
  • Thursday, February 22, 2024, 3 PM ET.  Register.
  • Thursday, February 29, 2024.  1 PM ETRegister.
  • Friday, March 8, 2024, 2 PM ET.  Register.
  • Thursday, March 14, 2024, 4 PM ET.  Register.
  • Friday, March 22, 2024, 2 PM ET.  Register.

Following registration, you will receive a calendar invitation via email for the webinar. The link to join the webinar will be contained in that calendar event email.

🔵🔵 The 2024 Americans Disabilities Act Virtual Conference will be held February 27 and 28, 2024, 12:30 to 6 PM ET.  Learn more and Register.

🔵🔵 🆕 PEMA will host AWR-356 – Community Planning for Disaster Recovery – on Wednesday, March 6, 2024, from 8 AM- 4 PM ET at PEMA, Training Room 112, 1310 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA  17110.  This is an opportunity to learn key concepts of disaster recovery planning.  Participants will learn how to enhance their ability to support the community’s overall disaster readiness.  Learn more.  Register.

🔵🔵 The Lehigh Valley Emergency Management Conference planning committee invites you to participate in the 2nd Annual Lehigh Valley Emergency Management Conference. Up to 300 participants are expected from all over the state and North East region.  When: April 5 through April 7, 2024.  Where: DeSales University, 2755 Station Ave., Center Valley PA.  Learn more.

🔵🔵 🆕 PEMA will host AWR-228 – Community Resilience – on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, from 8 AM- 4 PM ET at PEMA, Training Room 112, 1310 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA  17110.  This is an opportunity to learn about meaningful actions that one can take to enhance resilience to natural hazards.  Learn about resources and tools that can be used in planning and programs.  Learn more.  Register.