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EM 301 Introduction to Hazardous Materials Preparedness


Effective hazardous materials response requires the coordinated activities of many organizations--local government, state and federal authorities, private industry, and volunteer groups. Each agency has a critical role to play in performing the many tasks needed to protect the public and responders in an emergency. And each organization is dependent on the others to carry out its responsibilities.

Introduction to Hazardous Materials Preparedness has been developed by the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) to introduce members of the emergency management community to concepts and components of the local hazardous materials response system. This terminology is used to describe the people and processes that make up the community's total integrated response capability. In other words, the system defines who answers the call, what functions they perform, and how they do their jobs.


The primary target audience for the course is local emergency response and response support agency staff, including planners and operations personnel, in career or volunteer organizations that may have a role in hazardous materials incidents. This designation specifically includes the fire service, law enforcement, and emergency medical services; other local government Executive Branch agencies (e.g., public works, environmental, engineering); private industry and commercial businesses; and volunteer and civic groups. The material may also be appropriate for public officials, state and federal personnel, and citizens who will benefit by a general understanding of the local hazardous materials response system and related concepts.

The course is not intended to provide "skills" training or to fulfill requirements mandated by current regulations and standards for any group of responders. Rather, training provides a broad audience with a general understanding of hazardous materials response activities and guidelines for applying that knowledge in their unique situations.

This course was released by FEMA June 1994 and will take approximately six hours to complete. There are two modules and appendices in two files associated with this course. The course file is less than one megabyte for the benefit of low bandwidth (14.4 and 28.8 modem) users. The naming protocol is em301.exe the referenced IS-5 Hazardous Materials: A Citizen's Orientation September 1993 version is a separate file IS-5.pdf and is 2.4 MB. This file is free and may be downloaded without registering for the course. Graphics may not be optimum in these documents due to originals and file size considerations.

Upon receiving your paid registration, we will send you the password to open these. We recommend you print out the pages as you need them and keep them as a paper reference.

The test is submitted online. When you pass the test, you will be mailed a certificate of completion.


The final exam is 20 questions taken from the reading material. You may use any of the materials while taking the test.

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