The Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) sponsors all-hazards training courses and exercises that are designed to cover Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Recovery. These courses are open to those who are involved in response and those who are involved with volunteer organizations. A mix of courses, seminars, workshops and conferences can be tailored and offered at DEMA or your location. Some of the courses that DEMA offers are NIMS/ICS Combined, ICS-200,300,400, Position Specific, Hurricane Readiness, Debris Management, Weapons of Mass Destruction Awareness and Management of Spontaneous Volunteers. The DEMA Calendar of Training Activities provides a course description and enrollment form for the current offerings.

The DEMA training and exercise program provides coordination and support of course delivery to various governmental agencies involved in emergency functions related to natural hazards, technological hazards and homeland security. Training is also available to approved personnel through the Emergency Management Institute, US Fire Academy and the Office of National Training and Exercise Division. In addition, on-line independent study courses are available to the public through the Emergency Management Institute.

The Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) is the lead state agency for coordination of comprehensive emergency preparedness, training, response, recovery and mitigation services in order to save lives, protect Delaware's economic base and reduce the impact of emergencies. DEMA is a division within the Department of Safety and Homeland Security (DSHS) and is authorized by Delaware Code, Title 20,Chapter 31§3101-3130.

During World War II, the Civil Defense Preparedness Office in the Department of Defense established state offices to protect and prepare American Citizens from attacks by Axis Forces. The Delaware Office of Civil Defense was located in a former coastal defense bunker within Fort Delaware on the Delaware River. With the passing of the Cold War Threat, emergency management shifted focus to address mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery from natural hazards and weather-related incidents, and from technological and human-related disasters, such as chemical spills, biological hazards and radiological releases from power plants. Today, DEMA is located in Smyrna DE.

Delaware Emergency Management Agency
165 Brick Store Landing Rd. Smyrna, DE 19977

Emergency Management Training Courses:
Emergency management training is available in the State of Delaware and throughout the United States. Course descriptions, locations and enrollment information can be found by clicking on the following links

DEMA’s Training Calendar sponsors a mix of all hazards emergency training courses that are designed to cover Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Recovery. Click here to view the DEMA Calendar

National Training and Education Division (NTED) serves the nation's first responder community by offering more than 100 courses that help build the skills responders need to effectively function in mass consequence events. Course subjects range from Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) terrorism, cybersecurity, and agro-terrorism to citizen preparedness. The NTED Course Catalog provides valuable information about NTED's training courses and training providers, including course prerequisites and how to schedule and attend courses. Read more about NTED's training courses here.

Through its on campus courses and programs, the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) serves as the national focal point for the development and delivery of emergency management training to enhance the capabilities of federal, state, local, and tribal government officials, volunteer organizations, and the public and private sectors to minimize the impact of disasters on the American public. EMI curricula are structured to meet the needs of this diverse audience with an emphasis on how the various elements work together in emergencies to save lives and protect property. More information on the EMI courses and schedules here.

The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) offers self-paced Independent Study on-line courses designed for people who have emergency management responsibilities and the general public. All are offered free-of-charge to those who qualify for enrollment. To get a complete listing of courses, click on Course List link above. More information on FEMA's distance learning here.

Courses at the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) are available for state, local, and tribal responders from any of the following disciplines: Emergency Management Agency (EMA), Emergency Medical Services (EMS), fire service, governmental administrative, hazardous materials personnel, healthcare (non-EMS), law enforcement, public health, public safety communication, public works, and other skilled support personnel that provide immediate support services during prevention, response, and recovery operations.

For more information contact:
DEMA Training Section 302-659-2296
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