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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, volunteer organizations, private organizations and other partners that are focused on 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) point of contact.


From this page, you can find information on current courses being offered through Ohio EMA. If you have a profile please access the Public Safety Training Campus 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.

All trainings are offered free of charge to eligible students. Class sizes are usually limited and students are encouraged to enroll early 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 PLAN AND CATALOG. For a list of available classes please check out our TRAINING CALENDAR


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.

Training & Exercise Plan

Ohio EMA, on an annual basis, conducts a Training and Exercise Planning Workshop (TEPW). At this workshop, county, state and partner agencies share their training and exercising schedules for the next three years. This information is taken and compiled in to a multi-year Training and Exercise Plan (TEP). The TEP is a roadmap for the State of Ohio to follow in accomplishing the priorities described in the State of Ohio State Homeland Security Strategy, and is linked to the State Preparedness Report. It is a living document that will be reviewed and updated on an annual basis. Each priority is linked to an Improvement Plan (IP) effort. The priority is further linked to the associated target/core capabilities that would facilitate accomplishment of a given priority, as well as the training and exercises that will assist in obtaining and/or validating those capabilities.

The TEP is representative of the natural progression that should take place in accordance with the progressive planning and building-block approach to training and exercises. Please click HERE for the 2015-2017 Training and Exercise Plan (TEP)

   Ohio EMA's Training Partners

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

Ohio Fire Academy

Wright State University
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)