2022 Basic Academy

National Emergency Management Basic Academy

The Federal Emergency Management Agency offers the National Emergency Management Basic Academy. The Basic Academy is an entry point for individuals pursuing a career in emergency management. The goal of the academy is to provide a foundational education in emergency management through a training experience combining knowledge of fundamental systems, concepts, and practices of contemporary emergency management

Target Audience

The Basic Academy is for emergency managers with less than three years' experience, including members of: 

  • State, local, tribal emergency management programs 
  • Nongovernmental organizations 
  • Private sector emergency management 
  • College and university emergency management staff

Key Topics

  • History of EM

  • 5 Mission Areas and Core Capabilities

  • Legal issues and implications

  • Whole Community concepts

  • Preparedness, planning, and exercises

  • Ethical decision-making

  • Public information and emergency communications

  • Intergovernmental and interagency context

  • Collaboration and team building

2022 Basic Academy (South Portland, Maine)

Cumberland County EMA has brought the Basic Academy to Maine for the first time ever! All details about the courses and registration are listed below.

Dates, Location, and Prerequisites

The 5 courses that make up the Basic Academy are held over the course of 3 weeks. You must attend all 3 weeks of the academy to graduate. Please reach out to Chelsea Robbins, Training and Exercise Coordinator, if you will not be able attend all 3 weeks. There are very few exceptions, but this can be discussed.  

The Basic Academy is scheduled for the following dates from 0800-1600 (M-F). All dates will be held in South Portland, Maine

July 25th-29th 

September 26th-30th 

October 24th-28th 

The following independent study courses are prerequisites to be accepted into the academy. You can complete these courses at https://training.fema.gov/is/crslist.aspx 

  • IS-29: Public Information Officer Awareness 
  • IS-100: Introduction to the Incident Command System 
  • IS-120: Introduction to Exercise 
  • IS-200: ICS for Single Resources 
  • IS-230: Fundamentals of Emergency Management
  • IS-235: Emergency Planning 
  • IS-240: Leadership and Influencing 
  • IS-241: Decision Making 
  • IS-242: Effective Communication 
  • IS-244: Developing and Managing Volunteers 
  • IS-700: National Incident Management System, An Introduction
  • IS-800: National Response Framework, An Introduction


Step 1:  Fill out Cumberland County EMA's registration form. You must fill out FEMA and CCEMA's registration forms to be accepted into the academy. Registering does not guarantee acceptance. You will be notified by June 15th, 2022 if you have been accepted into the academy. Seats are limited and preference is given to Maine residents. 

CCEMA Registration Form (click here)

Step 2: Complete the 12 prerequisite courses listed on the next page before June 1st, 2022. Registration will have a strict close on June 1st. Chelsea Robbins will follow up with you by June 15th, 2022 to confirm your acceptance into the academy or add you to the waitlist. There are limited seats available.  

Step 3: Once your acceptance has been confirmed, register for the Basic Academy through FEMA's National Emergency Training Center General Admissions Application. You will need a FEMA Student Identification (SID) Number. If you do not have one, there are directions listed to obtain one.  

NETC General Admissions Application (click here)

Classroom Course Requirements

E/L0101: Foundations of Emergency Management

Describes foundations of EM in the U.S., including history, doctrine, principles, legal issues, legal authorities, intergovernmental and interagency context, whole community, core capabilities, and mission areas. (40 hours)

E/L0102: Science of Disaster

Provides an overview of scientific principles and concepts that shape disasters, including earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, storms, cyclones, chemical and biological threats, explosive and radiological threats. (24 hours)

E/L0103: Planning - Emergency Operations

Describes basic concepts and planning steps, including Emergency Management Planning doctrine to write plans and use them to deal with special events. (16 hours)

E/L/K0146: HSEEP Training Course

Describes the core principles and processes of HSEEP, its standardized methodology, available resources, and practical skill development, which will assist in developing an HSEEP-consistent exercise program. (16 hours)

E/L0105: Public Information and Warning

Equips participants with the skills needed to be full or part-time PIOs, including oral and written communications; understanding and working with the media; and basic tools and techniques to perform effectively as a PIO. (16 hours)

Point of Contact

Chelsea Robbins

Training and Exercise Coordinator