Polk County Medical Reserve Corps will not require volunteers to submit proof of emergency preparedness certificates or follow a specific training but encourages all volunteers to learn more about this topic in order to get better prepared in case of deployment during a public health emergency.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers on-line courses free of charge at their Emergency Management Institute-Independent Study Program website (http://training.fema.gov/IS/) . The following are the summaries of three core courses. For more information, click on the course links located in the Independent Study Program website.

IS-100.B: Introduction to Incident Command System (CEUs: 0.3)

This course introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System. It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

IS-700.A: National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction (CEUs: 0.3)

This course introduces and overviews the National Incident Management System (NIMS). NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents.

IS-200.B: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents (CEUs: 0.3)

This course is designed to enable personnel to operate efficiently during an incident or event within the Incident Command System (ICS). ICS-200 provides training on and resources for personnel who are likely to assume a supervisory position within the ICS.