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Press Release from FEMA:


Crestview, Florida, Resident Graduates from FEMA’s National Emergency Management Advanced Academy

Emmitsburg, MD- Sonja Grigsby graduated from FEMA’s National Emergency Management Advanced Academy (NEMAA) at the Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, MD, after she completed the full, year long, curriculum that provides the strategic level training and education and the essential skills needed for emergency management professionals to manage dynamic and resilient emergency management programs.

Mrs. Grigsby completed the four, one-week resident courses in the Advanced Academy including; A Survey of Advanced Concepts in Emergency Management, Assessment and Application of Professional Style in Emergency Management, Advanced Concepts and Issues in the Emergency Management Organization, and Advanced Concepts and Issues in the Emergency Management Community and Profession.

FEMA’s National Emergency Management Advanced Academy reinforces the qualities needed to manage emergency management programs, provides relevant management theories and concepts, and utilizes appropriate case studies. Advanced Academy participants work within a collaborative environment on projects and establish a national network of their peers. The Academy is designed for Emergency Management mid to high-level managers wanting to advance their skill set. Students learn skills critical to performing emergency management responsibilities, such as; program management and oversight, effective communication at all levels, integrated collaboration, and strategic thinking, along with completing a NEMAA Paper & Presentation one month prior to attending the final course. The Advanced Academy provides students the opportunity to demonstrate their critical thinking ability through a guided research project. Students apply the key learning concepts from the Advanced Academy curriculum relative to their own skillsets and abilities within their organizations, and their own performance environments.

Sonja Grigsby is the Founder and CEO of AarowPrep Emergency Management Consulting. AarowPrep provides active shooter/assailant training to organizations as well as comprehensive emergency management services. Mrs. Grigsby is also an active member of the State Emergency Response Team as the Volunteer Partner for the Division Disaster State Relations Director for the American Red Cross at the Florida State Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee, Florida, when activated, most recently for the state’s epic Hurricane Michael response. For more information on how AarowPrep can help your organization with its emergency management needs, visit their website at or email

For more information on FEMA’s training classes through the Basic, Advanced, and Executive Academies, or other emergency management courses, go to:

Emmitsburg, MD,-FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) graduated Sonja Grigsby who completed all requirements of the National Emergency Management Advanced Academy. Katie Fox (pictured left), Assistant Administrator, National Preparedness Directorate, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, is shown congratulating Mrs. Grigsby as she graduates. -Photo by Shane Gibbon / FEMA

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. 

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