Training Opportunities

🔵🔵The Lehigh County Emergency Management Training calendar for September is available here. Courses are open if they are not already filled.

🔵🔵 FEMA recently released the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility in Exercises (IDEA) Guide to help exercise developers expand preparedness and planning efforts to mitigate risk across the whole community. Community resilience is enhanced by identifying diversity across dynamic communities and including all stakeholders, particularly those from underserved communities. FEMA will host a webinar on Tuesday, September 12, 2023, at 9 AM ET for everyone who is interested in learning more about how to increase inclusivity, diversity, equity, and accommodations throughout the exercise lifecycle. For more information, see Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility Guide Webinars | or contact [email protected]

🔵🔵 FEMA and the Information Technology Disaster Resource Center (ITDRC) will present the webinar: Information and Communications Technology (ICT) During and After Disasters, on Wednesday, September 13, 2023, from 12 Noon to 12:45 PM ET. Digital technologies are an increasingly, if not the most vital link to all other community lifelines. Learn how a volunteer workforce, enabled by the world’s largest communications and technology firms, is bolstering community resiliency in the face of rising global natural- and man-made crises and disasters.


🔵🔵FEMA will present the webinar, Disaster Recovery Lessons Learned – Perspectives from a Federal Coordinating Officer and a Long-Term Recovery Group, on Wednesday, September 13, 2023, at 3 PM ET. A successful recovery relies on a well-coordinated management process, actively incorporating equity at each step and leveraging a whole-of-community approach to achieve equitable recovery outcomes. Incorporating equity considerations throughout the recovery management cycle by identifying and tracking recovery issues for historically marginalized, disadvantaged, or underserved populations can help mitigate a disaster’s adverse impact on vulnerable communities. This webinar will provide insights and lessons learned from FEMA Federal Coordinating Officers and non-government partners leading long term recovery efforts. Register.

🔵🔵 FEMA has updated its state and local policies for hazard mitigation planning. This new guidance can help to create a plan that protects people and property during future events. To help planners learn how these updated policies can benefit the community, FEMA is presenting the webinar: Providing Clarity on the New Hazard Mitigation Planning Guidance, on Wednesday, September 20, 2023, from 11 a.m.—12 p.m. ET.  REGISTER

🔵🔵FEMA will present the webinar, Expanding Mitigation – Making the Connection to Older Adults, on Wednesday, September 20, 2023, from 12:30 – 1 PM ET. This webinar will focus on the Older Adults Guide in the “Guides to Expanding Mitigation” series. Older adults can face greater risks when it comes to the impacts of extreme weather events and emergencies we face, especially if they are living alone, are low-income, have a disability, or live in rural areas. At the same time, older adults have long-term perspectives and longstanding relationships that can inform planning efforts. As an inherently resilient population, older adults have much to offer to communities, both in steady-state life and in post-disaster recovery. During this webinar, learn about the value of creating accessible communities for all ages. Hear recommendations for ways community officials can include older adults in efforts to reduce risk through hazard mitigation. This webinar and the Older Adults Guide serve as a starting point for community officials to discuss how these partnerships in mitigation can create more livable, accessible, and resilient communities for all. Registration:

🔵🔵FEMA and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will present the webinar, Scams Targeting Older Adults Before, During and After Disasters, on Wednesday, September 27, 2023, at 1 PM ET. Older Americans are often the target of online and telemarketing scams – and natural disasters provide the perfect environment for scammers to move in. This webinar, presented by an attorney from the Federal Trade Commission’s Northeast Regional Office, will help you to identify common types of frauds and scams that target older Americans, focusing on scams related to weather emergencies, COVID-19, and other disasters, and provide guidance on how to be protected from those scams. Registration:

🔵🔵 The impacts of El Niño are causing torrential flooding, devasting wildfires, flooding, and other compounding disasters. The National Center for Disaster Preparedness has developed a series of free, web-based courses on post-disaster housing recovery, mass care community sheltering and relocation assistance, and pandemic preparedness, with climate change training coming soon to help manage and confront the impacts of El Niño. These web-based trainings are available to anyone with a FEMA student identification number (SID) and can assist communities to prepare for and bounce back from catastrophic events effectively. By completing the training, learners can earn a FEMA certificate with these 90-minute to two-hour classes. To learn more and register for web-based trainings, please visit their training portal at