PRINCIPLES OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT (45-0-3)
Principles of Emergency Management is intended to provide information that will enable persons entering the emergency management profession or expanding their roles to work with emergency management issues. The primary purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the characteristics, functions, and resources of an integrated system and how various emergency management services work together in a system of resources and capabilities. Emphasis is placed on how this system is applied to all hazards for all government levels, across the four phases and all functions of emergency management. Specific topics covered include emergency management roles and responsibilities; the all-hazard emergency management process; and the social, political and economic implications of a disaster.
EXERCISE DESIGN AND EVALUATION (45-0-3)
Exercise Design and Evaluation provides information for local government officials, emergency managers, volunteers and other emergency service personnel who are responsible to prepare for, respond to, or recover from disasters. It is intended to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to develop and conduct disaster exercises that will test a community’s emergency operations plan and operational response capability. To this end, the course provides hands-on training in the design, conduct and evaluation of exercises so that participants will be able to develop and implement a comprehensive exercise program in their respective jurisdictions. Specifically, this course includes an introduction to exercise design and evaluation; community exercise programs; the exercise development process; and exercise evaluation and enhancements.
HAZARDOUS MATERIALS AWARENESS (45-0-3)
This course provides competencies that include understanding the definition and location of various hazardous materials, their properties, and their safe evacuation distance. Emphasis is placed upon safety factors such as flammability and toxicity. Emergency management personnel are expected to remain a safe distance from hazardous materials, but they play a role in the hazardous materials planning process. Therefore, it is important for them to identify hazardous materials by their identification numbers and/or placards and interpret that information correctly. Specific topics include hazardous materials incidents; shipping documentation, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), signage, and the North American Emergency Response Guide (NAERG); as well as protecting a potentially hazardous scene.
EMERGENCY PLANNING (45-0-3)
Emergency Planning provides information that will enable persons entering the profession or expanding their roles to have the ability to assess their community’s hazards, determine community resources, and write an all-hazards plan to assign responsibility to various agencies who will respond during an emergency or disaster. The primary purpose of this course is to provide background information encouraging communities to plan, reasons for planning, who might be involved in the planning process, and a framework within which to plan. There will be ample opportunities for the student to practice each step of the process, gradually becoming familiar with the planning process. The principle topics include rationale for emergency planning; assessment of community hazards and resources; and development of an all-hazards plan.
MASS FATALITIES INCIDENT RESPONSE (45-0-3)
This course addresses the essential elements of planning for, responding to, and recovering from a mass fatality incident. This course will identify the roles and responsibilities of local, state, and federal officials, public service, private sector, and voluntary organizations. Students will identify the various functions conducted in a temporary morgue; methods of identification; terms used in this unique operation; and learn how to apply the Incident Command System at Mass Fatalities incidents.
INFECTION CONTROL (45-0-3)
Infection Control provides competencies that include infection control procedures in emergency-related exposure; definition of communicable disease; definition of infectious disease; understanding how diseases are transmitted; list common signs and symptoms of communicable diseases; identify activities which increase potential exposure risks; examination of personal protective equipment; as well as equipment decontamination. Specific topics include infection control for the public and private sectors; disease transmission; personal protective equipment and other preventative measures; post-exposure notification, verification, and documentation; methods for cleaning, decontaminating, storing and disposal of equipment; as well as eradication and containment of infectious diseases.
FACILITY SECURITY (45-0-3)
One of the best defenses against intrusion is to present a hard target. The student will learn how to assess a facility’s vulnerability, and make helpful recommendations to lessen opportunities for entry by those who would intend harm to the habitants. The student will learn how to communicate safe practices in the facility and train habitants to share in the responsibilities of security. The student will be able to list no cost, low cost, and cost effective measures for facility security. Specific topics include terrorism terminology, hardening a potential target, protective actions and facility security surveys.
EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION FOR EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT (45-0-3)
Effective Communication provides basic competencies that Emergency Managers and Public Information Officers need in order to convey information to a broad audience that includes public and private sector organizations, the media, disaster victims, and co-responders. Even during non-emergent situations, Emergency Managers and Public Information Officers rely on strong communication skills to coordinate with staff and to promote safety awareness. This course is designed to enhance the communication and interpersonal skills of local Emergency Managers, Public Information Officers, Emergency Planners, and Emergency Responders. Specific topics include basic communication; emergency communications; multicultural communications; communication and technology; as well as effective oral presentations, press releases and sound bites.
HAZARDOUS MATERIALS CONTINGENCY PLANNING (45-0-3)
This course provides competencies that include exploring the legal imperatives for hazardous materials planning; conducting a hazard analysis and applying it to a local jurisdiction; performing a local capability assessment; observing local traffic patterns that include transport of hazardous materials; and applying knowledge gained to formulate mission and vision statements and the goals and objectives to achieve them.
DEVELOPING COMMUNITY RESOURCES (30-45-3)
This course will develop the participants’ skills in recognizing volunteer resources in the community and enhance abilities to manage the involvement of volunteers in all phases of emergency management, including diversity, wide range of volunteer expertise and collaboration with major voluntary organizations active in disasters. In addition, focus on knowledge and skills needed to effectively perform resource management functions within the overall framework of an emergency operations center. The student will develop a resource manual to enable actual collaboration and to build and maintain a local collaborative process designed to enhance the ability to respond to emergencies and utilize resources acquired through collaboration techniques. Specific topics include developing a resource manual; recruiting and maintaining volunteers; and developing opportunities for collaboration.
MODULAR EMERGENCY RESPONSE RADIOLOGICAL TRANSPORTATION TRAINING (45-0-3)
Modular Emergency Response Radiological Transportation Training (MERRTT) provides competencies that include understanding basic sources of and uses of radiation; routes of exposure, methods of proper shielding, and calculation of dose rates; recognition of various types of shipping containers and their labels; correct procedures for securing an accident site and limiting radioactive contamination; hazard recognition and assessment; and familiarization with various types of radiological instrumentation. Specific topics include radiological fundamentals, radiological terminology, hazard recognition, routes of exposure, and patient handling.
EMYT 2222 EMERGENCY
MANAGEMENT PRACTICUM (0-135-3)
Prerequisite: Advisor approval
Emergency Management Practicum will provide students with practical experience in an actual work environment. Emphasis is placed on all phases of the industry in the students’ area of specialization (local or state emergency management office, public health, or business continuity). Students become acquainted with occupational responsibilities through realistic work situations and are provided with insights into management application on the job. Topics include: adaptability to the job setting, use of proper interpersonal skills, application of emergency preparedness skills and techniques, and professional development. Specific topics include emergency management employment settings; interpersonal skills; application of emergency preparedness skills and techniques; professional development.