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- Instructor-led training via the Web
- Free of charge, delivered to you at your desk
- Four 90-minute sessions, held once a week for four weeks
- Includes links to useful resources and assistance in your own state or territory
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Handouts for the course are available to anyone. The Participant Guide is available only to those who register for a course.
What is covered in this course?
Module 1: Identify Essential Records
- Distinguish between nonessential and essential records
- Identify essential records by examining critical business needs and functions
Module 2: Protect Essential Records
- Identify and evaluate hazards and risks
- Determine and evaluate preparedness and mitigation strategies
Module 3: Access Essential Records
- Ensure access to essential records
Module 4: Incorporate Essential Records into COOP Plans
- The essential records template
Who should take this course?
State, local, territorial, and tribal government employees who are responsible for creating and maintaining records of any kind and in any format, both paper and electronic:
- City and county clerks
- COOP and emergency preparedness personnel
- Information technology staff
How does this course fit into IPER training for emergency preparedness?
The Essential Records course is one of the two main IPER courses. We recommend taking both courses, starting with Essential Records and then the Records Emergency Preparedness and Response course. In addition, CoSA has developed an Introduction to Records and Information Management as a suggested prerequisite for the two main IPER courses for anyone who had not had any formal training inrecords management principles and practices.
The CoSA Resource Center provides links to regulations, policies, guidance, and assistance in each state and territory related to topics covered in the IPER Essential Records course.
The development of the IPER Essential Records course was supported by Cooperative Agreement Number 2007-GT-T7-K022, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Preparedness Directorate. Points of view or opinions in this program are those of the author(s) and do not represent the position or policies of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.