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T-600.a - Disaster Accounting 101 (Module 1)

Overall Course Description
It is a technical course designed to facilitate conversation within the jurisdiction to create standard operation procedures based on your local government policies. We will not be going into your jurisdiction and tell you what you are doing is wrong but we will asking a lot of questions to ensure that you haven’t missed key components of the reimbursement process and that you are following FEMA guidelines.
It’s also broken down into 3 modules. One a month for 3 months plus an exercise. This allows for the policies to be gathered and/or new ones to be written, for the information to be digested, and for gaps to be identified and corrected

Overall Course Objectives:
After completion of this course, the student will be able to: 

    a. Analyze the accounting practices of individual finance departments during disasters and emergencies by reviewing the Accounting System. 
    b. Identify gaps in policies and procedures when accounting for a disaster or emergency. 
    c. Establish Financial Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to be used during a disaster. 
    d. Exercise the Financial SOPs.

Module 1:
Lesson 1 – Course Overview

Lesson Objectives: After this introductory session, the student will begin to understand the role of the Finance Department when there is a 1) local disaster, 2) responding and assisting the state during a disaster (State Reimbursement), and 3) a major disaster declaration (FEMA reimbursement) 
    1. Introductions 
    2. Identify the difference between normal city business and major disasters and/or emergencies 
    3. Historical Background 
    4. What to expect from course 
Lesson 2 – Analysis of the Finance Department

Lesson Objectives: After this lesson, the student will be able to look at Best Practices of other departments and develop Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to be followed during a disaster/emergency. The student will also be able to identify what structure is used (ICS vs ESF) and analyze the role of the finance department in that structure. 

1. Accounting System 
2. Time 
3. Procurement 
4. Contracts 
5. Equipment 
6. Risk Management 
7. Assign homework:

Start writing procedures (SOPs) unique to your jurisdiction

Who should attend the training.
Executive Management, Emergency Manager, Finance Director and their Staff, and Key Department Heads

So what is the end result of all of this training. The End Result is the creation of a Financial Daily Burn Rate (the cost of the incident thus far) for your jurisdiction that can be shared with Executive Management and the State of Texas. This will allow Key Executives to make financial decisions regarding the incident before it becomes costly to your jurisdiction. It also helps ensure that the proper documentation is obtained do that the reimbursement process is seamless and fewer dollars are de-obligated.

Prerequisites & Other Information:


No tuition is charged.
No travel stipends for this class.

Course Specifics

Hours: 8.00
Provider: TDEM - Emergency Management Training
Sponsor: TDEM
Disciplines: Education
Elected Official
Emergency Management
Emergency Medical Service
Fire Service
Government Administration
Health Care
Law Enforcement
Private Industry
Public Health
Public Safety Communications
Public Works

Available Classes

ViewCourse NumberClass NameLocationDatesSeats Available 
View class T-600.a Disaster Accounting 101 (Module 1)HHSC
5189 Grover Avenue
Room 224
Austin, TX 78756
10/24/2019 24 View Details
View class T-600.a Disaster Accounting 101 (Module 1)Mission Fire Station
415 West Tom Landry
Mission, TX 78572
10/30/2019 6 View Details
View class T-600.a Disaster Accounting 101 (Module 1)City Hall Annex_Texas Room
3523 Liberty Dr.
Pearland, TX 77581
11/19/2019 By Invitation Only View Details
Total of 3

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