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ilitary Emerency Response Team (MERT) Academy         

James Cedeno

MERT Commanding

  MERT Academy Training Program
  ***MERT Academy Training Course Catalog***
  Click Here for Courses  
  The courses, including FEMA training, are accessible to our volunteers and have the online links attached to both take the courses and the tests.
Note: Some links are still under development.

  MERT Advanced Badge

  MERT Program of Instruction  
  1. Earn MERT Basic Badge
2. Complete and pass FEMA Courses
3. Participate in USV-JSV sand table or other authorized sand table exercise or participated in a disaster exercise or real time deployment.

4. Provide copy of completion documents, course certificates, and/or supporting documents to an RRLU/MRC/MERT Administrator.
  How to Earn MERT Basic Badge  
  1. Study MERT Basic Course
2. Pass the MERT Basic Course Test

  MERT Basic Course  
  MERT Basic Course Syllabus  
  1 - MERT Introduction

2 - MERT Incident Command System

3 - MERT 3rd Responder Logistics

4 - MERT Light Search and Rescue

5 - MERT Disaster Medical

     5.10 - MERT Carries Videos

6 - MERT Disaster Psychology

  MERT Basic Course Test Questions
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  MERT Advanced Course - FEMA  
  MERT Advanced Course Syllabus  

FEMA College

  Should you have any questions, contact:
James Cedeno
MERT, Commanding

1. Go to https://cdp.dhs.gov/femasid/register (Copy this address into your internet search window or hold click on the link).
2. Fill it out completely and record your student identification number because you will need it to take the FEMA course tests.
3. The required FEMA courses are:
    a. IS-100 B: Introduction to Incident Command System
    b. IS-200 B: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
    c. IS-700 A: National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction
    d. IS-775: EOC Management and Operations
    e. IS-800 C: National Response Framework, An Introduction
    f. IS-75: Military Resources in Emergency Management
4. The test questions are very specific. The answers are not obvious and the FEMA course will not be open while you take the test. So, having the test or materials in word document or .pdf will help with finding the answer. Basically, it is an open book test.
5. When you pass each test, you will need to obtain an electronic copy of the certificate. Send each certificate to MERT Academy admin. for credit.
  Other Trainings  
  The first step is to get a FEMA Student ID. That ID will be required to access any FEMA training. It will require a Social Security Number to link to the ID, but at no other time will you be using the SSN again...only the FEMA ID number will be used going forward. These are the links for FEMA trainings that you and your leadership staff can consider as you assess the training needs of your command.
  FEMA Student ID (SID) link: (This is the first step to get a Student ID to take any FEMA Course)
  Independent Study Program (ISP): (for self-paced online courses) - Listed on our USV-JSC website.
  Residential In-Person Courses: (these require travel and approval by us (USV-JSC) and the State Training Officer for your State first) They need to be added into your Training Plan and an advanced request submitted.
 - Site located in Anniston, Alabama
  FEMA ICS Courses: ICS 100, ICS 200. ICS 700, and ICS 800 are normally the general pre-requisites for most of the other courses. I would recommend, as part of your Command Annual Training Plan, to first get the FEMA Student ID, and then focus on completing the pre-requisite courses. We can support you with the update or development of your Command Annual Training Plan so that the requested courses are included in it, as well as the Individual Training Record for each of your staff.  
  FEMA Active Shooter Training  
  The numbers of active shooter incidents has been drastically increasing over the last few years. These incidents can occur any place or anytime. Law enforcement may not be readily available to stop the incident before injuries are sustained. These are short courses (about 1 hour each) that can help you have situational awareness and keep yourself, loved ones, and staff safe during public events. Below is the link for two separate Active Shooter training that are available. One is a self-paced course under the Independent Study Program (ISP), and the other will be an instructor-led virtual presentation supported by the Center for Domestic Preparedness. The completion certificates will be emailed to you. You will need to used your FEMA Student ID (SID) to register for the courses. If you don't have one, please use the link below to register and obtain one. Please be sure to add the courses to your Commands Annual Training Plan and to your Individual Training Records for yourself and your staff. Please share the information as necessary.
  FEMA Student ID Registration:      https://cdp.dhs.gov/femasid/register
  Independent Study Program Course:
IS-907: Active Shooter: What You Can Do (Self-Paced)
FEMA - Emergency Management Institute (EMI) Course | IS-907: Active Shooter: What You Can Do
  Center for Domestic Preparedness:
AWR-933-V9 Active Shooter/Assailant: Behavior Indicators and How to Respond
August 17, 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM Central Standard Time
Active Shooter/Assailant: Behavioral Indicators and How to Respond - Center for Domestic Preparedness (dhs.gov)

  24 SEP 2021                            SGAUS Annual Conference, Irvine, CA  
  Col Cedeno, Commanding Officer, MERT Academy meets with the Leaders of the SGAUS, MEMS Academy at the 2021 SGAUS Annual Conference, Irvine, CA.

Col Cedeno, Chaplain (MG) Hornsby and RDML Whitaker represented the USV-JSC at this Strategic Level Emergency Operations Conference.
Well done!



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