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Emergency Management Trainings

South Dakota State University maintains an Emergency Management Plan, that is managed by the Emergency Management Team, including preparedness activities that includes training on what to do in an emergency. Emergency management training is available for all SDSU employees with in-person training and on demand presentations. Employees are also encouraged to participate in situation based active threat and active shooter training sessions. Active threat and shooter trainings are presented by Emergency Management and the University Police personnel.

There are many training and educational resources available to aid in the preparedness of the SDSU community.  

Active Threat Training Q&A

Why is SDSU providing Active Shooter Training?

Preparedness starts with you. This training can save a life, whether on campus or elsewhere.  We are asked for this information, and we are responding to that request. People with this information often report that it brings a sense of empowerment and peace of mind. It encourages you to ask that powerful “What if…?” question and can be generalized by employing the same process to prepare for any kind of emergency. 

How can I prepare?

Always be aware of your environment and any possible dangers. 

If You See Something, Say Something™ to local authorities. That includes suspicious packages, people behaving strangely or someone using strange communications.

Observe warning signs that might include unusual or violent communications, substance abuse, expressed anger or intent to cause harm. These warning signs may increase over time. 

Have an exit plan. 

Identify exits and areas to hide wherever you go, including work, school and special events.

Lean Lifesaving skills such as “You are the Help Until Help Arrives” and first aid to assist the wounded before help arrives. 

Take training and encourage those around you to take training as well. 

How often should I take the training?

We recommend completing the training once a year to stay up to date on information and to refresh your memory. 

Active Threat Trainings

Off-Brookings Campus Employees

Employees are encouraged to register to attend in-person sessions in Brookings or view the online training modules. Local jurisdictions have protocols that supplement the University Management Plan. Please contact Emergency Management for details regarding appropriate local emergency management details.  


National Incident Management System (NIMS)/Incident Command System (ICS) Online Training Self-Learning Guide

Who Should Take This Training?

SDSU Emergency Management Team (EMT) members are required to take the FEMA Independent Study Program - National Incident Management System (NIMS)/Incident Command System (ICS) Online Training. 

Online Training Self-Learning Guide Overview

SDSU is committed to promoting integrated emergency management principles and practices through the application of NIMS, ICS and an all-hazards approach. NIMS provides a consistent nationwide approach for government, the private sector and non-governmental organizations to work effectively and efficiently together to prepare for, respond to and recover from domestic incidents regardless of cause, size or complexity.

ICS is a management system designed to enable effective and efficient incident management activities that operate within a common organizational structure. To achieve compliance with the training requirements specified under NIMS, SDSU has developed this Online Training Self-Learning Guide for persons involved with emergency planning, response and/or recovery efforts on campus. This includes all EMT Members and backups identified to support the campus’ Emergency Operations Center (EOC).

Prior to completing the IS courses, you must register for a FEMA Student Identification Number (SID).

The Federal Emergency Management Agency offers on-line training for NIMS and ICS free of charge.  


First Aid and CPR/AED Training

The Miller Wellness Center will hold CPR, AED and First Aid Training during the fall semester. The classes will be held at 2 p.m. on Sept. 6, Sept. 21, Oct. 6, Oct. 18, Nov. 2 and Nov. 16.

Interested participants can register online, in person at the Wellness Center customer service desk or over the phone at 605-697-9355.

The cost to attend is $60 for a student, affiliate or employee and $80 for nonmembers. Registration closes one week prior to class.

Additional Opportunities

  • National Weather Service (NWS) Skywarn Storm Spotter Training: Every Spring, the NWS will host a training for students, faculty and staff to learn how to spot severe weather and report it to the NWS. Be on the lookout for training dates each Spring. 
  • National Incident Management System (NIMS): FEMA offers free online trainings to learn the National Incident Management System (NIMS). The size, frequency, complexity, and scope of incidents vary, but all involve a range of personnel and organizations to coordinate efforts to save lives, stabilize the incident, and protect property and the environment. NIMS defines this comprehensive approach. I For more information on NIMS, please go to our NIMS Information Website.
  • Department of Homeland Security - If you see something, say something (R)Take the Challenge

Other SDSU Departments offer training in additional to what is offered by SDSU Emergency Management.