Natural Hazards Support System (NHSS)
Interior employees can obtain an overview of emergency management programs across the department with the online training program "Emergency Management 201," which is now available in the DOI Learn catalog. The course provides an overview of bureau and office preparedness and response activities across the Department of the Interior, as well as a description of how response operations are coordinated at the Departmental and interagency level.
"Events such as Hurricane Sandy and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill highlighted the need for bureau and office leadership, emergency managers, regional coordination personnel, and incident managers to understand roles and responsibilities across the entire Department and ensure our activities are integrated with local, state, Tribal, territorial, and other Federal partners," said Laurence Broun, Department of the Interior's Director, Office of Emergency Management. "The EM-201 online training program includes perspectives from bureau and office personnel and represents our first attempt to use computer-based training to share this knowledge with those who may become involved coordination of major incidents."
With links to helpful web sites and a catalog of useful reference documents, the course also provides lasting resources for students well after they have completed the training. Most students will complete the training within approximately 60 minutes, providing an introductory awareness of terminology, concepts, and areas of responsibility for DOI emergency management.
Kerry Trojnar, an emergency management specialist in the OEM Continuity Programs Division, served as project officer for the EM-201 program. Information was provided by all bureau and office emergency coordinators. Several emergency management personnel are featured in video presentations, including Brian Hardison, Safety, Security and Emergency Manager in the Southeast Region, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Patrick Vacha, regional Emergency Manager in the Bureau of Indian Affairs; Polly Hanson, former Director of the DOI Office of Law Enforcement and Security; Dean Ross, Emergency Manager for the National Park Service; and Grant Sorensen, former Emergency Coordinator for the Bureau of Reclamation.
While the course was designed for employees with responsibilities for emergency management activities, it is available to any employee who would like to learn about the Department's emergency management programs. The course can be accessed on DOI Learn at https://gm2.geolearning.com/geonext/doi/coursesummary.CourseCatalog.geo?id=124346. For further information, or to obtain access to this training for non-DOI employees, please contact Kerry Trojnar, 202-208-2471, or e-mail: Kerry_Trojnar@ios.doi.gov.