Emergency Management Training Program

California Specialized Training Institute
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The California Specialized Training Institute (CSTI) provides training in all phases of emergency management: preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation. Additionally, CSTI offers specialized training in crisis communications, exercise design, and emergency planning for schools and populations with access and functional needs. Our emergency management curriculum covers the full spectrum of hazards, including: earthquakes, floods, fires, severe weather, tsunamis, hazardous materials, and terrorism.

Emergency management professional development is also a key component in CSTI’s training programs. Our course choices include: Basic and Advanced Training for Emergency Services Coordinators, EOC Position Specific Training, EOC Action Planning Training, and all levels of the California’s Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS) and Incident Command System (ICS) approved courses.​

All CSTI’s Emergency Management courses can be applied to Cal OES’s Emergency Management Specialist Certificate Program as either a core or elective course.



Required Courses (4):

  • Introduction to Emergency Management: Earthquake
  • Disaster Mitigation
  • Disaster Planning
  • Disaster Recovery

Elective Courses (3):

Must equal 72 elective hours of instruction. 



​Standardized Emergency Managment System (SEMS)

The Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS) was developed from legislation introduced in 1992 and signed into law in 1993. Its policies and procedures are set forth in the California Government Code, Section 8607, Emergency Services Act (Chapter 7, Division 1, Title 2). All state agencies are required by law to use the Standardized Emergency Management System. Local agencies eligible for funding of response-related costs under disaster assistance programs are also encouraged to use SEMS when responding to disasters or major events involving multiple agencies.

CSTI was principally involved in the development of the Standardized Emergency Management System in 1992. SEMS has been incorporated into all of Cal OES/CSTI's programs. Our SEMS training programs are individually tailored to fit specific agency needs and may address a wide range of emergency management topics and issues. Our staff considers a jurisdiction's facilities, plans, and personnel in the design of each program. Programs designed for your jurisdiction or agency could include components from any of the SEMS Courses.


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