Web-Based Independent Studies
Independent Study Training (IST) provides general counter-IED information to a broad audience through a series of self-paced, hands-on, web-based courses available through Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP).
The Bomb Threat Preparedness and Response course is an online independent study training. It uses interactive exercises and case histories of what actually happened during bombing incidents to familiarize participants with the steps necessary to prepare for and respond to a bomb threat.
The Homemade Explosives (HME) and Precursor Awareness course provides participants with a foundational understanding of HME and common precursor materials. Participants will define HME, explore the considerations involved in a decision by perpetrators to use HME as the explosive for an attack, and will learn to identify common precursor chemicals and materials used to make HME.
The Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Awareness and Security Procedures course is designed to provide foundational knowledge about IEDs and proper safety precautions and procedures for reacting and responding to unattended and suspicious items.
Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT)
Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT) courses provide general counter-IED information to a broad audience via online training with a live instructor using Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) Adobe Connect platform. Perfect for participants with time availability constraints, most classes are approximately one-hour in length and can be taken independently. For more information and to register, visit the VILT Schedule and Registration webpage.
The Response to Suspicious Behaviors and Items for Bombing Prevention Awareness course provides participants with a foundation of potential suspicious behaviors and activities related to terrorist or criminal activities. This course also highlights what to do when encountering an unattended or suspicious items and to whom to report it.
The Protective Measures Awareness course introduces how to identify and mitigate facility security gaps. This course provides foundational knowledge about risk management and the three rings of security: physical, procedural/technical, and intelligence protective measures.
The Homemade Explosives (HME) and Precursor Awareness course provides foundational knowledge on HME and common precursor materials. Participants will learn how to define HME and how it is used in an attack. In addition, participants will learn how to identify common precursor chemicals and materials used to make HME.
The Introduction to the Terrorist Attack Cycle course introduces common steps involved in planning and executing terrorist attacks. This course provides participants with the understanding of how to prevent, protect against, respond to, and mitigate attacks that use IEDs against people.
The Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Explosive Effects Mitigation course introduces the effects of an explosive detonation. It details the difference between blast, thermal/incendiary, and fragmentation effects, and describes the consequences on various targets. In addition, participants will learn about security measures and best practices that can help can prevent or mitigate explosive effects.
The Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Construction and Classification awareness level course provides an overview of the various components required for IED production. The course is designed to provide foundational knowledge about the construction and classification of IEDs, including their function, components, classifications, and how they are constructed.