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Ohio Emergency Management Agency

ODPS Ohio Emergency Management Agency Training & Exercises

The Ohio EMA Training and Exercise Section coordinates and conducts the Ohio Emergency Management and Homeland Security Training and Exercise programs. Our audience includes state and local emergency management professionals, first responders from all disciplines, volunteer organizations active in disaster response and preparedness, and private organizations and citizens with a role or interest in keeping Ohio safe from all hazards, natural or man-made. We also coordinate with other federal and state training providers and are the State Administrative Agency (SAA) training and exercises point of contact.


From this page, you can find information on current courses being offered through Ohio EMA in Columbus at the State Emergency Operations Center or around the state at local training facilities. If you have a profile please access the Learning Management System in the left panel and login to view and register for courses. If you do not have a profile, you must create a new profile to access the course listing and to register for course offerings that interest you.

Most courses are offered free of charge to eligible students. Additionally lodging is offered at no charge for most courses for students from local or volunteer agencies. For more information on lodging or course fees if applicable, see the course announcement or the current TRAINING CATALOG.

Class sizes are usually limited and students are encouraged to enroll early in the courses they are interested in to ensure a seat in the class. Note that while courses are usually filled on a first come, first served basis, on occasion other criteria are used to select students for courses. Students will receive a confirmation no later than two weeks prior to the start of class. For more information please see the applicable course announcement or current TRAINING CATALOG.

Please be sure and visit Ohio EMA’s training partners for information on other training opportunities in the state and around the country.


The exercise program implemented and managed by the Ohio Emergency Management Agency (OEMA) provides first responders, emergency managers, public health and service providers, volunteers, elected officials, private industry and others with the skills necessary to protect life and property through preparedness exercises in response to simulated, natural and/or man-made disaster scenarios. The exercises focus on the four (4) phases of emergency management, which are mitigation (prevention), preparedness, response, and recovery.

The goal of the exercise program is to improve the overall readiness and capabilities of emergency response by validating training, emergency plans, and procedures to identify strengths and areas for improvement, demonstrate operational capabilities, and to prepare personnel to respond to real world incidents, regardless of the threat or hazard. This is accomplished through the implementation of the building block approach for exercises and exercise activities, including seminars, workshops, tabletop exercises, drills, functional exercises, and full-scale exercises.

To support the development of realistic, all-hazard scenarios, OEMA conducts a variety of exercise training courses, including the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) Training Course, the Exercise Design and Evaluation Course, and the Exercise Control and Simulation Course. Additionally, OEMA is an active proponent of both the non-resident and resident Master Exercise Practitioner Program (MEPP).

   Ohio EMA's Training Partners

Owens Community College Cincinnati State Technical College University Of Findley FEMA FEMA's Emergency Management Institute

Ohio Fire Academy

FEMA Emergency Management Institute National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC) Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (Energetic Materials and Research Testing Center) (EMRTC) NCBRT - National Center for Biomedical Research and Training - Academy of Counter-Terrorism Education at Louisiana State University Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (NERRTC) U.S. Department of Energy's Nevada Test Site - Counter Terrorism Operations Support (CTOS)