Initial Response

  • What is the scope of the incident and the response?
  • How will it affect service delivery?
  • Where are the impacted communities?
  • What population is impacted?
  • What is the anticipated medical surge?
  • Determine communication means
  • Evaluate healthcare organization, staff and supplies
  • Healthcare facility status
  • Consider healthcare facility incident command status
  • Determine health department status
  • Identify who need to know
  • Identify resources to be deployed
  • Consider healthcare facility decompression initiatives
When: Monday, Jun 5, 2023 - Wednesday, Jun 7, 2023, (All day)
National Emergency Training Center (NETC)
Emmitsburg, Maryland


Connecting our Past with our Future: Celebrating Community Impact through 25 Years of the FEMA Higher Education Symposium
The theme for this year's FEMA Higher Education Symposium celebrates the founding voices of emergency management higher education who brought us the first Symposium 25 years ago.

The theme for this year’s FEMA Higher Education Symposium celebrates the founding voices of emergency management higher education who brought us the first Symposium 25 years ago. It acknowledges the hard work and dedication of the academic community that has led to immense growth in emergency management programs, innovative research, and students. Connecting with our past is a reflection upon the rich history and scholarship of the emergency management discipline that has provided a strong foundation to build from. Furthermore, the theme calls us to envision a future practice of emergency management made stronger by students educated in cultural competence and prepared for the demands of an emerging and evolving threat landscape, including the threat posed by climate change.


  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) in Emergency Management
  • Brining Research into Practice
  • Policy and Administration of Emergency Management Academic Programs
  • Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA)


Open: November 21, 2022-April 24, 2023
*International attendees must register no later than February 20, 2023
(International visitors must currently pay $40 per night, payable upon arrival to NETC) 
All participants and presenters must register to come onto the NETC campus. There is a maximum capacity of 250 attendees.

SID Number:

All applications must include a SID Number. Have your FEMA Student Identification (SID) number available when you apply for the HiEd Symposium. If you do not have a SID number, go to to obtain one. Forgot your SID number? The same website can also help you find your unique SID number.

Online Application Instructions:

  • Be sure to follow the Symposium Online Application Instructions document.
  • All applications are due by: April 24, 2023.
  • Course code registration: E8510.
  • Insert your name and email as the head of sponsoring organization to endorse your application. This registration does NOT require a supervisor to sign off on.
  • The online application must be completed within 15 minutes, or the session will time out.
  • Admissions requires a notification of acceptance. You will have 14 days to approve your application via email. If you don't approve the application, you will not be granted admittance to NETC.
  • There is no cost to register.

Registration Link:


NETC Admissions Office:
Phone: (301) 447-1035