RedRover is providing shelter management assistance for hundreds of animals who were displaced by the flooding in Louisiana and are now residing at a temporary shelter. How you can help

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FEMA Independent Study Courses

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers free disaster preparedness and emergency management classes, many of which are held online and may only take a few hours to complete. We encourage volunteers with RedRover Responder to take advantage of these free courses.

RedRover Responders volunteers are required to complete IS-100.b: Introduction to Incident Command System.

You can find more information about these courses and online registration by visiting FEMA's Emergency Management Institute Web site.

See below for courses that are recommended and required for RedRover Responders volunteers and volunteer leaders.

NIMS Compliance Requirements RedRover Responders Leaders All RedRover Responders Volunteers
IS-100.b: Introduction to Incident Command System

 Required

 Required

 

IS-200.a: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents

 Required

Strongly recommended

 

IS-700.a: National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction

 Required

Strongly recommended

 

IS-800.b: National Response Framework, An Introduction

 Required

Strongly recommended

 
Additional FEMA Classes All RedRover Responders Leaders RedRover Responders Volunteers

IS-1: Emergency Manager: An Orientation to the Position

Strongly recommended

Recommended

 
IS-5.a: An Introduction to Hazardous Materials Required Recommended
 
IS-10a: Animals in Disaster, Module A: Awareness and Preparedness

 Required

Recommended

 

IS-11a: Animals in Disasters: Community Planning

 Strongly recommended

Recommended

 

IS-111: Livestock in Disasters

 Strongly recommended

Recommended

 

IS-244: Developing and Managing Volunteers

 Required

N/A

 

Canadian Volunteers

As a Canadian resident, you may complete the Incident Command System training requirement by taking the free online FEMA course. However, you will be unable to receive certification for completing the course. For RedRover's purposes, we do not need you to be officially certified -- taking the online FEMA class and learning the information is sufficient. If you want to be certified, you can take an equivalent class through  the Justice Institute of British Columbia for a small fee.

About NIMS Compliance

The Department of Homeland Security requires all agencies to be compliant with the National Incident Management System (NIMS). NIMS sets national standards for major emergency incident operations -- in areas like communications, resource management and technology -- so that during disaster responses, agencies from different jurisdictions and disciplines can “speak the same language” and work together effectively.

Some jurisdictions will require NIMS certification of all responding volunteers. When this happens, RedRover will only be able to deploy RedRover Responders volunteers who have completed the four NIMS compliance classes indicated below.