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Training and Exercises

YCEMA hosts trainings and exercises for all 29 municipalities in York County, first responders, and other agencies. Trainings and exercises help to prepare agencies for various emergency situations, incidents, and disasters.

For more information or questions, contact the Training and Response Coordinator.

Training and Exercises: Services

Upcoming Trainings

Monday, June 3

Shelter Operations Course

Description: This is an introductory course intended for any staff or volunteers who will be planning for and/or working in a shelter following a disaster. This course will cover best practices for disaster sheltering including:


  • Pre-disaster planning

  • Health, security, and safety considerations

  • Staffing and support resources needed to open shelters

  • Documentation and feeding considerations

  • Equipment considerations

  • Demobilization

  • And more!


Target Audience: Anyone who will assist their municipality with planning for or operating an emergency shelter. 

Date: Monday, 6/3/24

Time: 1-3pm

Location: Virtual (via Zoom)

Registrationhttps://forms.gle/1AUBewaPdCcTYLtm7


Please note that this course is a regularly occurring course and has been previously offered by York County EMA.

For any questions, please contact the instructor, Scott Gagne, Training and Response Coordinator, at srgagne@yorkcountymaine.gov.

Wednesday, June 5 & Thursday, June 6

ICS 400

Description: This two-day course provides training for experienced responders and other senior emergency management personnel who may perform in a management capacity for major or complex incidents (Type I or Type II incidents). This course will also expose students to the concepts of utilizing area command.


Target Audience: Experienced senior emergency management personnel who may perform in a management capacity for major or complex incidents.


Dates: Wednesday, 6/5/24 and Thursday, 6/6/24

Time: 8:00am - 4:30pm

Location: York County EMA, 149 Jordan Springs Rd, Alfred, ME 04002

Other Information: This course is offered free of charge and lunch will be provided.

Point of Contact: For questions about this course, contact Scott Gagne at srgagne@yorkcountymaine.gov or 207-324-1578. 

Register here: https://forms.gle/HBzq3v9VrhX28ZPw5

Wednesday, June 26

Fundamentals of Emergency Animal Sheltering

Description: Since the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, all emergency shelters are required to have provisions for pets. This training, instructed by Megan Arsenault, will provide information on how to operate a successful emergency animal shelter during a large-scale incident – from pre-planning shelter sites all the way to demobilization.

Target Audience: Anyone who will assist their municipality with planning for or operating an emergency shelter. 


Prerequisites: York County Shelter Operations Course recommended, but not required

Date: Wednesday, 6/26/24

Time: 1-3pm

Location: York County EMA Training Room, 149 Jordan Springs Rd, Alfred, ME 04002

Other Information: This course is offered free of charge

Point of Contact: For questions about this course, contact Scott Gagne at srgagne@yorkcountymaine.gov or 207-324-1578. 

Register here: https://forms.gle/axadD2NNazMMbQHn8

Training and Exercises: Schedule

Ongoing Self-Study Courses

FEMA Emergency Management Institute (EMI)

The Center for Rural Development security trainings: 

Center for Radiological Nuclear Training

FEMA Center for Domestic Preparedness

Texas Engineering Extension Service

Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency Academy

Training and Exercises: Schedule
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