As part of FEMA's National Preparedness Directorate, the function of the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) as described on its website is as follows:
"Through its courses and integrated programs, EMI serves as the national focal point for the development and delivery of emergency management training to enhance the capabilities of State, local, and Tribal government officials; volunteer organizations; FEMA’s disaster workforce; other Federal agencies; and the public and private sectors to minimize the impact of disasters and emergencies on the American public. EMI curricula are structured to meet the needs of this diverse audience with an emphasis on separate organizations working together in all-hazards emergencies to save lives and protect property. Particular emphasis is placed on governing doctrine such as the National Response Framework, National Incident Management System, and the National Preparedness Guidelines."
Training conducted at Emmitsburg, MD, is normally free - this includes all travel expenses to/from Emmitsburg, as well as lodging. Students are only expected to pay personal costs and a nominal fee for meals.