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The US National Grid for Emergency Response


Approximately 14 minutes

Course Description:

The course "The US National Grid for Emergency Response" is designed to give you a basic understanding of the purpose and use of the US National Grid, and it’s value to emergency response situations.

This course was created by Pacific EMPRINTS, at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Anthropology. Creation of the course was funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Grant No. T01HP6427-0100.


The material covered in this course is related, in part, to the following capabilities from the Homeland Security Target Capabilities List:
  1. Common: Communications
  2. Common: Planning
  3. Prevent: Information Sharing and
  4. Dissemination Prevent: Intelligence Analysis and Production
  5. Respond: Critical Resource Logistics & Distribution
  6. Respond: Emergency Operations Center Management
  7. Respond: Firefighting Operations/Support
  8. Respond: On-site Incident Management
  9. Respond: Responder Health and Safety
  10. Respond: Urban Search and Rescue

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:
  1. Describe the purpose of the US National Grid
  2. Explain its advantages for emergency response operations
  3. Specify positions using the US National Grid system
  4. List requirements for US National Grid position references
  5. List best practices for employing US National Grid position references

Target Audiences:

First Responders, Emergency/Disaster Planners, Incident Commanders

Certificate of Completion:

A Certificate of Completion is available to be printed for this course upon completion of the post-test with a score of 80% or higher.

Cost: FREE*

*subject to change without notice.