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EM358 Evacuation and Re-Entry Planning Course


This course was released by FEMA in January 2001 and will take approximately nine hours to complete.


The range of natural and technological hazards from which communities may be at risk varies greatly around the United States. Community emergency management programs are intended to mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies created by those hazards. One of the steps that communities must be prepared to take in an emergency is evacuation of its population on short notice.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA's) Emergency Management Institute (EMI) develops and conducts training on a wide range of emergency management topics. Evacuation and re-entry planning are addressed in a number of hazard-specific training activities for emergency managers. However, there was no training available from FEMA that provides the opportunity to focus on the principles and methods of evacuation and re-entry planning and operations. This course was developed in response to field requests for such training.

This course does not address the process for deciding when evacuation is warranted or when the evacuated area is safe for re-entry. Those issues are dealt with in other FEMA courses for specific hazards, such as Hurricane Planning and Radiological Accident Assessment.


The goal of this course is to provide the participants with knowledge and skills needed to design and implement an evacuation and Re-entry Plan for their respective jurisdictions.


After successfully completing this course, participants will be able to do the following:

1. Describe the reasons for conducting pre-disaster evacuation and re-entry planning, exercising and community education.
2. Refer to the community's existing vulnerability analysis to identify hazards that may require evacuation, the amount of warning time expected, and the populations that will be affected by an evacuation.
3. Describe factors that affect how people react to evacuation orders, when people leave after an evacuation order, where people seek shelter, and modes of evacuee transportation.
4. Determine the requirements needed to complete an evacuation, including but not limited to laws, transportation, shelter/reception centers, perimeter control and an accountability system.
5. Describe how to communicate with the public before, during and after an evacuation.
6. Develop a plan for returning evacuees to their homes.
7. Develop a strategy for designing, developing, testing, implementing and maintaining an evacuation plan.


The target training audience for Evacuation and Re-entry Planning includes persons responsible for planning, implementing and carrying out evacuations. This includes but is not limited to local and State government emergency program managers, emergency planners, and response personnel.
Ideally, local jurisdictions will send all members of the planning team responsible for evacuation and re-entry planning.

There are seven units and two appendices in this course. The course files are approximately one megabyte each for the benefit of low bandwidth (14.4 and 28.8 modem) users. The naming protocol is em358.exe. 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 taken online. When you pass the test, you will be mailed a certificate of completion.


The final exam is 30 questions taken from the reading material. You may use any of the materials while taking the test.

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