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Legal Issues and Disasters: Things You Should Know Course Certified by FEMA!!!


Washington, DC - The University of the District of Columbia was awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security National Training Program (HSNTP) and the Competitive Training Grant Program (CTGP) to develop a course of legal issues related to disasters and emergencies.  The National Legal Preparedness Training Program and its course, Legal Issues and Disaster: Things You Should Know, is funded through this grant.

The course has now been certified by FEMA and added to their schedule of training courses.  Legal Issues and Disasters is a survey of selected legal issues that typically arise during emergencies.  The goal of the course is to enhance the ability of state, territorial, tribal and local governments, emergency managers and planners, first responders, and VOADs to identify potential legal issues that can arise during a disaster so that necessary adjustments to planning, policies or procedures can be developed prior to a disaster.

The instructor-led, 8-hour course is divided into five modules; Planning, Evacuation, Shelters, Out-of-State Volunteers, and Federal Financial Assistance & Reimbursement.  The course will be delivered in all 50 States and the 6 U.S. Territories.  The staff team is now the process of scheduling delivery of the course.  The course is free for participants.

For more information, please contact:

Angelyn Flowers, J.D., Ph.D.
National Director,
National Legal Preparedness Training Program
(202) 274-5689

Deborah Robinson, MBA, Ph.D.
Executive Director
National Legal Preparedness Training Program
(202) 274-5679


As the only urban land-grant institution in the United States, the University of the District of Columbia ( supports a broad mission of education, research and community service across all member colleges and schools, which include the Community College, College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences, College Arts and Sciences, School of Business and Public Administration, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and David A. Clarke School of Law.

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The University of the District of Columbia is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education - 3624 Market Street - Philadelphia, PA 19104 - 267.284.5000

Contact: Alan Etter, Vice President of University Relations & Public Affairs,, 202.345.6371