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Emergency Management

Course Descriptions

EMERG 100: Introduction to Emergency Management

Credits: 4.0

Provides an overview of historical and current emergency management preparedness and response practices, including the function and coordination of local, state and federal agencies, organizations and systems.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Explain the different phases of emergency management: prevention (mitigation); preparedness; response and recovery. [REASON]
  2. Identify hazards that are common to a local area and vulnerability to specific hazards. Communicate and interact respectfully through critical and imaginative expression. [REASON]
  3. Describe the roles of citizens, community, local, state, tribal, federal, private sector, voluntary, other groups and segments in the emergency management process. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Explain the different types of plans and their strategy for emergency management functions. [COMMUNICATE]
  5. Explore critically and creatively the diversity of cultures, ethics, values, and ways of thinking across communities. [EXPLORE]
  6. Explain myths and realities of disaster response. [EXPLORE]
  7. Describe the different types of hazards found in the United States. [EXPLORE]
  8. Develop a personal emergency plan: consider plans for individuals, households, and work-groups based on the guide for citizen preparedness. [ACT]
  9. Describe the declaration process for CFR 44 Emergency Management and Assistance "The Stafford Act". [COMMUNICATE]
  10. Initiate a hazard, vulnerability and risk analysis. [ACT]

EMERG 110: Hazard Analysis and Mitigation

Credits: 4.0

Hazard awareness and analysis, disaster preparedness and mitigation strategies, and creation of an emergency response plan, including awareness and outreach.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Differentiate types of hazards, disasters, their physical characteristics and secondary effects: natural, technological and man-made. [REASON]
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the hazard mitigation planning process in preparedness and prevention for individuals and local communities. [REASON]
  3. Identify resources and tools to assist in the identification, research and analysis of hazards and the mitigation processes, local, regional and national. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Develop and present a hazards analysis and a mitigation strategy and plan. [COMMUNICATE]
  5. Describe the role of the hazard analysis in mitigation and disaster preparedness. [EXPLORE]
  6. Describe the foundations of a resilient economy within a community and the private sector. [EXPLORE]
  7. Research grants, programs and other opportunities offered for hazard mitigation by government agencies. [EXPLORE]
  8. Explain different forms of hazard management and mitigation strategies at different levels of government. [ACT]
  9. Conduct a risk and vulnerability assessment. [ACT]

EMERG 120: Resource Management

Credits: 3.0

Overview of emergency response, coordination and planning, developing a resource inventory, conservation, control and fiscal management, as well as an overview of pertinent laws and regulations, and strategies for coordinating with local, state and federal agencies.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify typical, essential and specialized resources that can be used in an emergency or disaster situation and create a plan to utilize resources in the most productive manner. [REASON]
  2. Identify and analyze the process of acquisition and disposition of local resources during a disaster. [REASON]
  3. Describe and draft the kinds of written mutual aid agreements between other government and private sector organizations. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Describe and draft the kind of directory of contacts used to control and deploy vital resources. [COMMUNICATE]
  5. Demonstrate thorough knowledge of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) essential supplies, equipment, facilities, and services that should be considered for emergency resources. [EXPLORE]
  6. Describe planning strategies for the preservation of vital records, including cost inventories for commodities and services. [EXPLORE]
  7. Describe and demonstrate strategies for creating and maintaining a comprehensive resource inventory, including personnel, materials, facilities and equipment. [ACT]
  8. Describe and analyze long term plan for acquiring resources and understanding of government control in the acquisition and disposition of local resources. [ACT]

EMERG 130: Emergency Planning

Credits: 3.0

Provides the basic knowledge to develop, implement and maintain emergency operations plans and procedures and an overview of stakeholders involved such as fire and law enforcement, first responders, business, government and nonprofit and volunteer groups.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of emergency planning and documentation. [REASON]
  2. Describe the need and process for a comprehensive emergency plan and continuity of operations. [REASON]
  3. Demonstrate understanding of how to obtain executive support and involvement in emergency planning process. [REASON]
  4. Describe and discuss the definitions, concepts and principles for emergency management. [COMMUNICATE]
  5. Write a standard operating procedures manual and action plan that complies with state and federal regulations and guidelines, research publishing the manual and plan for distribution. [COMMUNICATE]
  6. Design text exercises and a testing schedule, including a critique process for emergency plan implementation. [EXPLORE]
  7. Develop and document a yearly review and maintenance planning process. [EXPLORE]
  8. Explain the National Response Framework and the Emergency Support Functions incorporated in the state and federal levels. [ACT]
  9. Integrate the planning process in the phases of emergency management. [ACT]

EMERG 135: Mapping and Data Analysis Tools

Credits: 3.0

Mapping tools provide a series of visual maps including modeling or a simulation of disaster effects on a specific community. Introduces students to mapping tools and desktop applications for mapping to conduct emergency planning, data analysis, and resource management for emergency management.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a clear and confident use of the features of a mapping software "Depiction" as an application in planning analysis for emergency management. [REASON]
  2. Use mapping software to identify potential impacts/vulnerabilities and allocate resources under various emergency/disaster scenarios. [REASON]
  3. Collaborate with others to maintain a real-time Common Operating Picture during a simulated incident/emergency exercise or real event. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Deliver a Community/Neighborhood Disaster Preparedness visual presentation in the class. [COMMUNICATE]
  5. Research FEMA HAZUS-MH Geographic Information System (GIS) and specific community hazard vulnerability. [ACT]
  6. Build a library of maps pre-populated with data and elements appropriate for responding to the most likely emergency management scenarios in a community. [ACT]
  7. Use mapping software as a platform for building and executing a table-top exercise. [ACT]

EMERG 140: Emergency Direction and Control

Credits: 3.0

Overview of direction and control (D and C) in emergency response; interaction in emergency operations, development of emergency operations center (EOC) and operations during response phase in emergency, including chief executives, emergency manager and support personnel.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Provide leadership and guidance for the mission of the emergency operations, organize and implement a plan of action to support the incident action plan with command and general staff in an operational period. [REASON]
  2. Demonstrate a clear understanding of Incident Command System (ICS) command and general staffing structure including Unified and Area Command. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Explain the integration of ICS and the National Systems of National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the National Response Framework (NRF). [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Describe the role of an emergency manager for coordination of an emergency operations center (EOC). [EXPLORE]
  5. Develop a system that defines the role of and utilizes a variety of stakeholders including executive level management, emergency managers, fire and law enforcement, first responders, business and industry, government and non-profit agencies as well as volunteer groups. [ACT]
  6. Promote functional and effective team development, coordination in continuity of operations and transition to recovery phase. [ACT]

EMERG 150: Emergency Communication and Technology

Credits: 3.0

Provides participants with the knowledge to develop communication and warning systems and to effectively maintain and update systems for proper operation.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the components of a total warning system. [REASON]
  2. Identify, analyze and troubleshoot a variety of current standard warning, notification and communication systems. [REASON]
  3. Analyze and compare the various technological directions in emergency management with information systems for sustainability and continuity of operations. [REASON]
  4. Develop guidelines for operation, implementation and testing of an emergency warning, notification and communication system, including public awareness and involvement. [COMMUNICATE]
  5. Describe the importance of communication systems interoperability locally, regionally and nationally in compliance with the National Incident Management System (NIMS). [EXPLORE]
  6. Adequately navigate a variety of technological systems including the credentialing of personnel to effectively operate and maintain technological methods. [EXPLORE]
  7. Define and describe the various roles and responsibilities of each stakeholder involved in an emergency situation as they pertain to the warning and communication process. [ACT]
  8. Develop an inventory of current information systems including methodology of communication for currency with trends in emergency management. [ACT]

EMERG 155: Special Topics

Credits: Maximum of 5.0 possible

Classes, workshops or seminars of current interest in emergency management.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Present areas of current interest in emergency management as determined by the instructor. [COMMUNICATE]

EMERG 160: Training/Exercise Design

Credits: 3.0

Provides the basic knowledge of emergency preparedness education, planning, training and dissemination of information; explores a variety of exercise design resources.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify the steps needed to develop, conduct and evaluate an effective exercise. [REASON]
  2. Analyze and critique the success of the exercise, conduct a hot wash debrief and make modifications as needed to the plan, procedure or process. [REASON]
  3. Establish an annual review cycle, and maintenance process of a training and exercise program. [REASON]
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of theories of adult education and training, including the ability to distinguish different learning styles and how those pertain to emergency preparedness education. [COMMUNICATE]
  5. Identify different target audiences, such as the general public, responders, business and government officials, and modify training program to address the specific target group. [COMMUNICATE]
  6. Write a scenario, including a narrative, events, tasks and messages for a table top or functional simulation exercise. [COMMUNICATE]
  7. Explain a variety of concepts, formats and resources related to evaluation and exercise design such as the Homeland Security Evaluation and Exercise Program (HSEEP) guidelines. [EXPLORE]
  8. Conduct a training needs analysis for credentialing purposes. [ACT]
  9. Present emergency preparedness information in a variety of formats. [ACT]

EMERG 180: Emergency Business Continuity

Credits: 4.0

Uses Business Continuity Institute's Good Practice Guidelines to create a Business Impact Analysis for an organization: includes identifying risks of business interruption, critical functions and dependencies for Business Continuity Management program and plan.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Analyze an organization's risks, critical essential functions and dependencies. [REASON]
  2. Conduct cross training needs analysis for the organization. [REASON]
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the process for continuity of operations and business continuity management. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Develop a plan to implement a business continuity program. [COMMUNICATE]
  5. Identify human resources within the organization to form a planning team. [EXPLORE]
  6. Develop a business continuity strategy and management program for disaster recovery. [EXPLORE]
  7. Define standards, regulations, risks, critical functions, and dependencies. [ACT]
  8. Define standards, regulations and guidelines for business continuity to comply with Federal, State and Local requirements. [ACT]
  9. Design and deliver an orientation session for leaders and support staff. [ACT]

EMERG 220: Managing Emergency Information

Credits: 3.0

Provides the basic skills and resources to successfully process and disseminate information during an emergency situation, including dealing with the media, family members, the general public, and a variety of governmental, private and industry agencies.

Course Level Objectives

Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the role of the incident command team, specifically the Public Information Officer and function of a Joint Information Center (JIC). [REASON]
  2. Establish cooperative relations with the stakeholders involved in an emergency situation, including other sources of information. [REASON]
  3. Develop skills to deal with special circumstances such as fatalities, and evacuations or other protective actions. [REASON]
  4. Explain the fundamentals of information management, the need to filter information and various ways to present information to different groups. [COMMUNICATE]
  5. Design a variety of information tools such as fact sheets, press releases, printed materials, as well as networking and multi-media options, including the internet, web-based communications etc. [COMMUNICATE]
  6. Identify and analyze the role of external influences involved in an emergency response situation: media, business and industry, government and non-profit agencies as well as volunteer groups. [EXPLORE]
  7. Disseminate specific information while determining a need to know strategy and develop a confirmation and clearance of release policy (Privacy Rules and Regulations) and a process for compiling and tracking information. [ACT]

EMERG 230: Disaster Psychology/Sociology Issues

Credits: 3.0

Provides the basic knowledge to recognize and respond to the emotional and psychological effects brought on by an emergency situation, including shock, general stress management, post traumatic stress disorders, and reactive behaviors.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the sociological and psychological effects of disasters and critical incidents including the different reactions of first responders, victim/survivors, emergency management team members, community, family members, children and the elderly. [REASON]
  2. Identify symptoms and behavioral patterns of critical incident and disaster caused stress, both rapid onset and cumulative in individuals, groups and communities to refer to mental health specialist professionals and other services. [REASON]
  3. Communicate effectively with persons experiencing a stress induced reaction. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Provide coaching opportunities for responders on how to provide effective emotional first aid to victims in the field. [COMMUNICATE]
  5. Coordinate with available training programs to prepare for high stress situations such as evacuations, emergency response, providing death notices and dealing with public information forums support. [COMMUNICATE]
  6. Maintain a resource inventory of Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Public and Mental Health professionals' directory for appropriate requests for assistance. [EXPLORE]
  7. Assist in debriefing facilitation and coordination. [ACT]
  8. Design a personnel stress management plan to mitigate effects of job related stress for staff. [ACT]

EMERG 240: Disaster Recovery

Credits: 3.0

Provides the basic knowledge and practical skills surrounding disaster recovery including, disaster declaration, damage assessment and long term recovery project management.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this class the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the differences between initial emergency response and disaster recovery operations, including the transition process. [REASON]
  2. Complete a comprehensive status and damage report, damage assessment forms and compile information for a recovery plan including Hazard Mitigation objectives and reports necessary for disaster recovery. [REASON]
  3. Analyze and compare the principles of maintaining and critiquing a plan for long term recovery and hazard mitigation. [REASON]
  4. Develop a disaster assistance manual, including checklist for initiating disaster recovery procedures as well as transition to normalcy. [COMMUNICATE]
  5. Explain the declaration process from local to State and Federal including the 44 CFR Emergency Management and Assistance "Stafford Act" program and grants management. [COMMUNICATE]
  6. Identify and analyze the role of organizations and stakeholders involved in an emergency recovery plan, such as business and industry, military, government, non-profit, faith-based organizations, voluntary agencies as well as other volunteer groups. [EXPLORE]
  7. Assist with establishing Disaster Recovery Centers in strategic locations for emergency assistance access by the community. [ACT]

EMERG 250: Emergency Management of Medical Operations

Credits: 4.0

Explore the roles of public health, hospitals, emergency medical services and healthcare professionals in disasters. Focus is on the National Response Framework and Emergency Support Function (ESF) led by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Explain the principles of emergency management for healthcare in a disaster setting. [REASON]
  2. Define austere standards of care in disasters and public health emergencies. [REASON]
  3. Describe relevant legal issues and regulatory compliance. [REASON]
  4. Identify elements of the Emergency Support Function #8 Public Health and Medical Services Annex of the National Response Framework. [REASON]
  5. Identify workforce issues and functional roles of workers in disasters. [COMMUNICATE]
  6. Coordinate credentialing and managing volunteer health professionals. [COMMUNICATE]
  7. Integrate strategies for DMAT, DMORT, VMAT National Disaster Medical Services with local and community resources. [EXPLORE]
  8. Describe response that would comply within the National Response Framework. [ACT]
  9. Apply National Incident Management and Incident Command Systems in medical response operations. [ACT]
  10. Collaborate with local, State and Federal Agencies on public health, medical information, pandemic, vaccine or prophylactic administration and other health issues in disasters. [ACT]

EMERG 255: Special Topics

Credits: Maximum of 5.0 possible

Classes, workshops or seminars of current interest in emergency management.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Present areas of current interest in emergency management as determined by the supervising instructor. [COMMUNICATE]

EMERG 291: Emergency Management Internship

Credits: Maximum of 5.0 possible

Workplace experience to practice and demonstrate the skills relevant to performing the job(s) of an emergency management or business continuity professional. Registration is permitted first seven weeks as space is available. Prerequisite(s): Students must have completed 80% of EMERG courses.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Apply skills obtained in EMERG course work to "real" workplace settings and incidents. [REASON]
  2. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of emergency management regulations and apply them at the placement site. [REASON]
  3. Demonstrate written and verbal communication skills while working in a "real" workplace setting. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Practice critical thinking skills by applying them to "real time" situations in the emergency management and/or business continuity field. [COMMUNICATE]
  5. Interact appropriately and professionally with employees and supervisor at the placement site. [EXPLORE]
  6. Create and/or evaluate current emergency management operations material that is culturally sensitive and relevant. [EXPLORE]
  7. Practice positive work habits, including working as a team member at the placement site. [ACT]