HSEM 102 : Introduction to Emergency Management

Provides groundwork on which emergency services can build a strong foundation for disaster and emergency management for homeland security in the 21st century. Addresses issues, policies, questions, best practices, and lessons learned through recent years; requirements of NFPA® 1600, Standard on Emergency Management and exposure to new and developing theories, practices, and technology in emergency management.

Course Outcomes

  1. Identify and define essential elements of an effective emergency management program.
  2. Identify and define the many roles, responsibilities and functions of the professional emergency manager.
  3. Analyze the requirements of National Fire Protection Association 1600 standard and other national programs.
  4. Identify and research questions regarding existing and emergent laws, regulations, and legal principles as applied in the context of emergency and disaster management.
  5. Describe the actions taken in hazard identification.
  6. Examine and analyze the actions taken when planning for incident prevention and hazard mitigation.
  7. Describe basic components of mutual aid systems.
  8. Provide an overview of characteristics of disasters and their impact on population, infrastructure, and emergency management systems.
  9. Explore and describe the components of an emergency plan and principles that guide the planning process.
  10. Summarize emergency management field operations using incident management systems and the role of emergency operations centers in directing disaster response.
  11. Analyze compliance requirements for emergency communications and warnings.
  12. Examine and describe key elements to consider in emergency management exercise and evaluation.
  13. Summarize requirements for crisis communications and public information systems.
  14. Analyze how an Emergency Operation Center is managed, organized and activated.
  15. Evaluate written emergency management and continuity plans.
  16. Examine fiscal aspects to emergency management programs that should be considered, evaluated and implemented.