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Emergency Management Interpreter Training in Massachusetts

June 8th, 2013

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Introduction to the Incident Command System and Interpreter Strike Teams

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Discussion during this introductory module demonstrated the importance of interpreters taking four of the FEMA courses offered free online before attending ASL Interpreter Strike Team training, including NIMS 100.B, Introduction to the Incident Command System, and NIMS 700.a, National Incident Management System. Two additional NIMS courses are also recommended as the minimal requirement for preparing to become an emergency management interpreter – IS 800.B, Introduction to the National Response Framework and IS 7, A Citizen’s Guide To Disaster Assistance. Additional recommended coursework is listed at the Florida Interpreter Strike Team’s webpage.


Self-Care and Trauma Mitigation

toys and self-care EMI trainingIdentifying the behaviors that indicate depression or other responses to trauma are crucial to maintaining emotional and cognitive balance before, during, and after interpreting in emergency management contexts.

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One Response to “Emergency Management Interpreter Training in Massachusetts”

  1. Steph says:

    Here is a link to the website created for the Massachusetts training,, which includes all of the Florida RID’s Emergency Management Interpreting trainings in one package. More details on this groundbreaking series at

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