There are even more ways to prepare for a disaster than what we've provided. Many non-profit and governmental organizations offer classes, both online and in classrooms, to help everyday citizens learn more in-depth information on a variety of topics ranging from emergency preparedness to first aid to specialized training for animals. Check with the American Red Cross for course offerings for all ages, or visit FEMA's Emergency Management Institute (EMI) for a variety of online courses designed for everyone ranging from lay citizens to emergency management professionals, as well as those whose jobs specialize in emergency response to various situations. (Links will open in a new window.)
The following classes may be of interest to the general public. All EMI online courses are free of charge, and in some cases may count toward needed continuing education units (check with your employer) or even be awarded college credit (check with your school). All course links below will open in a new window. For more online courses, use the link above and click "FEMA Independent Study."
IS-7 A Citizen's Guide to Disaster Assistance
IS-22 Are You Ready? An In-Depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness
IS-55 Household Hazardous Materials - A Guide for Citizens
IS-111 Livestock in Disasters
IS-394.a Protecting Your Home or Small Business From Disaster