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Note: You will only be able to view courses that are available for your permissions within the EMAC system.


The Practice and Implementation of EMAC

A comprehensive overview of EMAC. This course covers EMAC's history, legal framework, and the 5 Phases of the EMAC Process: Pre-Event Preparation, Activation, Request and Offer, Response (Mobilization, Deployment, and Demobilization), & Reimbursement

Target Audience: State emergency management with roles and responsibilities for EMAC and mutual aid, as well as State Fiscal/Administration personnel, & State Grant Officers


The National Guard and EMAC

The National Guard, a critically requested resource across the United States in times of emergencies and disasters, deploys through EMAC in State Active Duty and Title 32.  This course provides an overview of the EMAC Process, EMAC law, National Guard responsibilities throughout the EMAC Process, as well as insight into the unique aspects between State Emergency Management Agencies, EMAC, and the National Guard. 

Target Audience: National Guard Commanders, Operations, Staff, Logisticians, other members of the National Guard, and State Emergency Management Agency personnel.  


EMAC Reimbursement for State Emergency Management

Describes responsibilities and actions of both Requesting and Assisting States within the Reimbursement Phase of the EMAC Process, the suggested timelines to process EMAC reimbursement packages, an overview of eligible and ineligible costs, and suggestions for recouping costs from federally declared disasters.

Target Audience: 
State emergency management with roles and responsibilities for EMAC and mutual aid, as well as State Fiscal/Administration personnel, & State Grant Officers


EMAC Pre-Event Preparation for Resource Providers

EMAC Pre-Event Preparation for Resource Providers reviews steps that Resource Providers should take prior to an emergency or disaster. The course reviews the EMAC Process, EMAC's legal protections, Resource Provider training and exercise responsibilities, and describes the Mission Ready Package - what it is - as well as why and how Resource Providers should develop and maintain one.

Target Audience: Resource Providers: Response and recovery resource providers that may deploy through EMAC.


EMAC: Just in Time Training for Deploying Personnel

Built upon lessons learned from EMAC deployments, this course provides basic EMAC education for response and recovery personnel prior to deployment. The course provides an overview of the EMAC Process, EMAC law, EMAC operational support structure as well as actions that should be taken during the Response Phase (to include Mobilization, Deployment, Demobilization), and the Reimbursement Phase.

Target Audience: Resource Providers and Deploying Personnel:  Response and recovery resources that may potentially deploy through EMAC.


EMAC Bootcamp for Authorized Representatives

Designed to help state emergency management agencies improve their implementation of EMAC within their state by providing an overview of the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), and describing the responsibilities of the EMAC representative as both a Requesting and Assisting State.

Target Audience: State emergency management agency EMAC Authorized Representatives


EMAC A-Team Training Course

Familiarize learners with the EMAC A-Team's structure, functions, roles, responsibilities, and provide experience in the EMAC Operations System. Upon successful course completion, learners will be qualified by NEMA to serve as members of A-Teams.

Target Audience: Learners are nominated by state EMAC Coordinators (or ARs and DCs) to be members of their state's A-Team cadre, and are eligible to take the online course. These individuals must have strong leadership skills and substantial knowledge about mutual aid and EMAC. Audience should be experienced, all-hazards personnel.

Educational Resources

The EMAC Process

The EMAC Process

An interactive on the basics of the EMAC process
Basics of EMAC Reimbursement

Basics of EMAC Reimbursement

An interactive learning resource on the EMAC reimbursement process, cost eligibility, and timelines
EMAC Reimbursement: Eligible Expenses & Documentation

EMAC Reimbursement: Eligible Expenses & Documentation

PDF document of eligible expense and how to document them for reimbursement
Mission Ready Packages

Mission Ready Packages

An interactive overivew of how to develop MRPs, the FEMA RTLT, and why MRPs are the gold standard in preparedness
Public Health Medical Deployment Tips

Public Health Medical Deployment Tips

Tips for Public Health & Medical Deplyments based on Lessons Learned and Best Practices and Overview on EMAC Process
Public Health & Medical MRP Companion Guide

Public Health & Medical MRP Companion Guide

Tips for developing Public Health Mission Ready Packages using the Excel MRP Workbook
Law Enforcement Tips Interactive

Law Enforcement Tips Interactive

Tips for Law Enforcement based on Lessons Learned and Best Practices
Law Enforcement Tips PDF Document

Law Enforcement Tips PDF Document

PDF companion guide to the law enforcement tips interactive
EMAC Strategic Plan

EMAC Strategic Plan

EMAC's 5 Year Strategic Plan
EMAC SOG: Deploying Personnel & Resource Providers

EMAC SOG: Deploying Personnel & Resource Providers

PDF Document: Standard Operating Guidelines for Deploying Personnel & Resource Providers (does not override state guidance)

Face to Face Training Opportunities

State emergency management agencies may download and instruct courses developed by NEMA to use within their state or they may develop their course materials.

The following courses are available to state emergency management agencies for download in the access controlled EMAC library:

  • The State and Resource Provider Guide to Implementing EMAC is a template course that can be customized by the State EMA to show how the Compact is implemented within their state.
  • The Mission Ready Package (MRP) Workshop provides a walkthrough of how to develop an MRP.
Note: If you are a state emergency managment agency and you are unable to see the courses for download, please login.

training exercise

Looking for an EMAC Exercise you can adapt and use in your state?

NEMA has developed a number of standard EMAC exercises that can be used in your state.  Download the exercises, below. 

Fire Service and Technical Rescue Exercise

Medical and Public Health Exercise

Target Audience: State emergency management directors.

Short Course Description: Offered as part of the New State Emergency Management Directors Course through the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) at Emmitsburg, Maryland, The State Emergency Management Directors Course offered through EMI offers two  EMAC modules.

The first session is an online webinar that focuses on the State Director responsibilities to EMAC.

The second is a face-to-face session on the operational aspects of implementing EMAC as a Requesting and Assisting State.

National Coordinating State Training & Exercise
Annually, NEMA provides the incoming EMAC Executive Task Force Chair and National Coordinating State training and an exercise prior to the annual change of leadership.

The training and exercise enables the new leadership to transition effortlessly into the important roles and responsibilities of EMAC system management. Both the training and exercise take place prior to the NEMA Mid-Year Forum at which time EMAC Executive Task Force leadership transitions.

Understanding EMAC - E0431 at FEMA's Emergency Management Institute (EMI)

Target Audience: First responders who may deploy through their state EMA via EMAC

Short Course Description: Provides an overview of EMAC history, legal framework and processes. During this course you will be able to demonstrate your comprehension of the fundamental principles of EMAC and develop a Mission Ready Package in an interactive workshop.

Course Length: 4 days

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While states are legally responsible for providing education to the entities within their state, NEMA does offer limited educational opportunities upon demand. Availability is based upon funding.

If you wish to request a workshop, session, panel participant, or other engagement, please Contact Us.