New Member Training Orientation

Part 1: Creating Your SID Account

What is a FEMA SID?

FEMA Student Identification (SID) number is a unique number generated and assigned to anyone who needs or is required to take training provided by a FEMA organization. Your FEMA SID uniquely identifies you throughout the FEMA organization and all of its agencies. The goal is for your FEMA SID to serve as your personal identification number instead of your Social Security Number (SSN) in support of FEMA’s effort to decrease/cease the use of SSN for identifying and tracking individuals.

Why do I need a FEMA SID?

A FEMA SID is required to register for and participate in any training provided by FEMA. All FEMA training providers’ registration systems and enrollment procedures require a valid FEMA SID. The FEMA SID will serve as your unique identifier and be used to maintain the record of FEMA training you attended.

A Few Hints Before You Go!

1. Write Down and Save Your Login Information.

2. Once You’ve Completed Registration of your new SID number, return to this page and begin Part 2.

Part 2: Trainings

To prepare for our New and Provisional Member Practical Training all CERT Team members must complete the following three courses online. These courses cover the basics of emergency response. They are over an hour long, but can be broken up and completed at your convenience. The certification test will require your SID number, so be sure to have that saved. When you have successfully passed the certification, the course will provide you with a downloadable PDF certificate, which you will need to attach to an email and forward to leadership for our records. Links to that process will be provided to you in the Part 3.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Take your time and if you have any issues, problems, questions, or just can’t figure it out feel free to contact Joanna, the training director, at any time. Contact information available at the bottom of this page.

IS-100: Introduction to the Incident Command System

Course Overview

ICS 100, Introduction to the Incident Command System, 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). The Emergency Management Institute developed its ICS courses collaboratively with:

  • National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG)
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • United States Fire Administration’s National Fire Programs Branch

IS-317: Introduction to Community Emergency Response Team (CERTs)

Course Overview

The course includes three lessons: Introduction to CERT; What CERTs Do; and, Becoming Involved.

Lesson 1, Introduction to CERT, you will learn what a CERT is, the origin of the national CERT program, examples of local CERT volunteer organizations, and the general and national purpose of CERT.

Lesson 2: What CERTs Do, describes CERT roles and responsibilities, how CERTs work with formal emergency response organizations, how CERTs integrate into an Incident Command System (ICS) structure, and what CERTs do and do not do. The lesson describes various CERT volunteer organizations and offers examples of how CERT programs have been implemented around the country and for different communities. You will also learn about case study examples of how CERT programs are helping various communities.

Lesson 3: Becoming Involved, discusses the required training to become a CERT volunteer, the benefits of being a CERT volunteer, and what you may be asked to do as part of a CERT. This lesson identifies ways in which you, as a CERT volunteer, can serve your community during emergencies and how the CERT organization can provide for your effective participation in disaster response.

IS-700: An Introduction to the National Incident Management System

Course Overview

This course provides an overview of the National Incident Management System (NIMS). The National Incident Management System defines the comprehensive approach guiding the whole community – all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations (NGO), and the private sector – to work together seamlessly to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the effects of incidents. The course provides learners with a basic understanding of NIMS concepts, principles, and components.

Part 3: Submit Your Certifications to Leadership

Email Your Certificates

With three courses completed and a PDF of each Certification document saved, please email NewMemberApplications@boch-cert.com and attach all three files.

Who to Contact with Issues:

Issues with Training and Website? JDanias@boch-cert.org, Deputy Coordinator

Issues with Paperwork? TSchervo@boch-cert.org, Secretary

Issues with Communications, Gear, Information, deployments? CBarker@boch-cert.org, Deputy Coordinator

Questions about Anything CERT related, membership, and the overall team organization? DMiller@boch-cert.org, Coordinator

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