Emergency Management

From FEMA’s Training Web Site regarding the use of SSN for training:

FEMA’s database was built several years ago using the Social Security Number (SSN) as a student identification number.  We are working to modify the database; however the number is necessary to track each student's training progress.  Our Internet exam submission pages are socket layer secured, and all of your information is maintained in a secure government database system.  I hope this explanation helps you understand our motives for requesting the SSN.


If a student has reservations about the use of his or her SSN, but still wishes to participate in our program, we can assign his or her account a tracking number after he or she provides proof of U.S. citizenship (photo copy of a passport, voter's registration card, birth certificate). The downside is the student must then remember and use this unique nine-digit number for all future Independent Study Program transactions, and most higher-learning institutions will not recognize the student's course work for college credit, because the student's SSN is not associated with the course work.


If you want this office to assign your account an alternate student ID number, fax your name, phone number, shipping address, and email address, along with a photocopy of your voter registration card, U.S. passport or birth certificate to: (301) 447-1201, or mail your request to:


EMI - Independent Study Program
16825 South Seton Avenue
Emmitsburg, MD 21727-8998


You must wait to receive your student ID number before you submit your exam. You will then be able to use this nine-digit number in lieu of your SSN. Please be aware that this action can take several weeks.


Please provide an email address, so we can provide your student ID number as quickly as possible.


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