Emergency Management  Training & Events

The South Dakota Office of Emergency Management offers several training courses and workshops for responders, County Emergency Managers and local public safety staff. Each session is focused on a specific area of preparedness, response, recovery or mitigation, and courses are held throughout the state.

View the calendar for upcoming training sessions and dates. If a class is full, contact us to be placed on a waiting list. Please note that dates are subject to change.  Other events may include preparedness fairs and appearances by Tommy the Turtle.


Training & Events

Jan 23

L956 Liaison Officer - Sioux Falls

1/23/18 - 1/25/18

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the duties, responsibilities, and capabilities of an effective Liaison Officer on an All-Hazards Management Team.

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Jan 31

EM101 Workshop - Aberdeen - January 31, 2018


This workshop explores the role of the emergency manager within communities as well as the importance of before, during, and after an incident with local response agencies within each jurisdiction.

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Feb 6

L958 Operations Section Chief - Rapid City

2/6/18 - 2/9/18

This course is designed to provide local and state-level emergency responders with a robust understanding of the duties, responsibilities, and capabilities of an effective Operations Section Chief on an All-Hazards Incident Management Team. These responsibilities fall into two categories: 1) responding to the incident and the command needs of the incident, and 2) effectively fulfilling the position responsibilities of an OSC on an All-Hazards ICS Incident Management Team. Exercises, simulations, discussions, and a final exam enable students to process and apply their new knowledge.

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Feb 12

ICS 300 - Piedmont

2/12/18 - 2/13/18

ICS-300 provides training and resources for personnel who require advanced knowledge and application of the ICS. This course expands upon information covered in the ICS-100 and ICS-200 courses.

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Feb 14

G191 ICS/EOC Interface - Pierre

2/14/18 - 2/15/18

The course provides an opportunity for emergency management and response personnel to begin developing an Incident Command System (ICS)/Emergency Operations Center (EOC) interface for their communities. The course reviews ICS and EOC characteristics, responsibilities and functions and depends heavily on activities and group discussions to formulate an interface.

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Mar 1

G386 Mass Fatality

3/1/18 - 3/31/18

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Mar 7

ICS 400 - Piedmont - March 7-8, 2018

3/7/18 - 3/8/18

This course provides training for personnel who require advance application of the Incident Command System (ICS). This course expands upon information covered in the IS 100 and IS 200 courses.

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Mar 15

Active Shooter Workshop - Aberdeen


This is a one-day event. Concept elements from A.L.I.C.E., Run Hide Fight and Protecting Soft Targets will be discussed.

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Mar 20

G366 Planning for the Needs of Children in Disasters


This course enables participants to improve their community's Mitigation and Emergency Operations Plan (EOP), specifically regarding the needs of children. The course will provide participants with the information needed to address the unique needs of children prior to, during and following disasters.

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Apr 1