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IS-253.A: Overview of FEMA's Environmental and Historic Preservation Review

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Course Overview

This interactive computer-based course provides an overview of FEMA's environmental and historic preservation compliance responsibilities and is an independent study alternative to the 4-day E/L253 course held at the Emergency Management Institute or in the regional offices. The course is designed to: provide the user with the basic background and practical knowledge needed to participate in FEMA's environmental and historic preservation review process; help the user understand how the environmental/historic preservation review process applies to various job responsibilities within FEMA's programs; and, provide the resources necessary for the user to accomplish environmental/historic preservation responsibilities.

The course includes interactive knowledge checks, case studies, and resource materials.

Course Objectives:

  • Describe the basic elements of Federal EHP laws, regulations, and Executive Orders.
  • Describe key roles and responsibilities in the EHP process.
  • Identify activities that trigger EHP review.
  • Explain the consequences of non-compliance with EHP requirements.

Primary Audience

New FEMA EMP personnel





Course Length:

4 hours
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  • Test questions are scrambled to protect test integrity
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