Please join FEMA and Tennessee-based BOLDplanning in celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) this month. Since its inception in April 1951 as the Civil Defense Staff College, the organization has provided educational, training, and exercise opportunities to support the nation’s emergency management community.

Today, and as recently shared by FEMA, “The institute focuses on providing state, local, territorial and tribal emergency managers with professional leadership and crisis management training designed to address a wide range of threats and hazards. On an annual basis, the institute offers several hundred instructor-led, virtual and online independent study offerings, training millions of students annually.”

To celebrate its 70 year history, EMI will have a year-long celebration to include webinars, podcasts, panel discussions, videos, and featured speakers providing compelling insights from those who have benefitted over the years from the institute and its predecessor institutions in Olney, Maryland and Battle Creek, Michigan.

If you would like to share how the Emergency Management Institute has impacted you and your community, submit your story to the institute at

Happy Anniversary, EMI! Here’s to the next 70 years!