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Military Emergency Response Team (MERT) Academy

MERT Academy Training Course Catalog

MERT Academy Program of Instruction


MERT Basic Course is designed to give the students the knowledge and skills sets needed if asked to volunteer and help in case of a disaster or “incident.”

MERT Academy Basic Course Syllabus


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.

Please review the course below:

MERT Academy - Medical training videos

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After completion of the MERT Basic Course listed in the prerequisites section, students are highly recommended to participate in the Incident Command System (ICS) course and Sand Table Exercise (when available)

MERT Academy Advance Course Syllabus

FEMA College

Should you have any questions, contact:
James Cedeno
MERT, Commanding
[email protected]

1. Go to (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.

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:

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 Active Shooter/Assailant: Behavioral Indicators and How to Respond – Center for Domestic Preparedness (