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Emergency Management

EADM 201 FUNDAMENTALS: HISTORY, PERSPECTIVES, AND THEORIES

Fall, 3 credit hours

This course presents the theories, principles, and approaches to emergency management. The philosophy of Comprehensive Emergency Management (CEM) will be discussed with the four attendant steps which include mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. An analysis of past disasters will be presented along with their impacts on policy formation leading up to the current FEMA all-hazards approach. The role, duties, and importance of the Emergency Manager will be discussed throughout the semester. Finally, a brief review of basic legal issues involving emergency management will be presented. Three hours lecture per week.

EADM 205 RISK & HAZARD IMPACT STUDIES

Fall, 3 credit hours

The course focuses on a generalized technical understanding and appreciation of various types of natural hazards. Central to the course is the understanding of technical operations that assist in developing hazard and vulnerability assessments. Included in the course are the models of hazard mitigation measures used in the formulation of investment projects, the use of geographic information systems for mapping and analysis, and watershed planning for hazard and resource management. The course includes a variety of viewpoints regarding disaster mitigation and the integration of development planning. Three hours lecture per week.

EADM 220 DISASTER MANAGEMENT & PREPAREDNESS

Spring, 3 credit hours

The course presents new and innovative methods for preparing communities and organizations to address general and substantial risk of disasters and emergencies in the workplace. It encompasses the tactics used by safety experts and additionally focuses on expanded proactive measures to safeguard lives and assets from natural disasters to acts of terrorism. Focuses of the course include planning, assessing and responding to potential threats, decreasing potential harm and recovery considerations at the community and organizational level. Three hours lecture per week.

EADM 222 COMMUNITIES: PREPAREDNESS & DEFENSE

Spring, 3 credit hours

The course prepares participants to help reduce the growing toll (deaths and injuries, property loss, environmental degradation, business and economic disruption associated with disasters in the United States by providing an understanding of these processes and technologies (hazards risk management process) that organize preparedness and response in a constructive framework that may be applied at all levels of communities and government service organizations. Presents a natural and technological risk analysis, applies the four phases of Comprehensive Emergency Management (CEM), and stresses development of personal and community emergency plans.

EADM 307 LEGAL ISSUES IN E&D

Spring, 3 credit hours

This course provides an overview of the major legal and liability issues in emergency management. The focus is on the legal environment within which emergency managers operate, including their roles in rule-making, policy administration, and their potential personal legal liability for discretionary actions. Three hours lecture per week.

Prerequisites: Expository Writing (ENGL 101) or Oral & Written Expression (ENGL 102), and Risk and Hazard Impact Studies (EADM 205) or permission of instructor.

EADM 400 INCIDENT COMMAND: SYSTEM COORDINATION & ASSESSMENT

Fall, 3 credit hours

The Incident Command System (ICS) is the nationally recognized system for managing emergencies and disasters. Several states and federal agencies have adopted ICS as their standard for emergency management. ICS provides education and training for those who are not first responders (i.e., law enforcement, fire, or emergency medical services personnel) who may be called upon to function in an ICS environment. The course includes a large number of scenarios, examples, and opportunities for students to apply what they have learned. Three hours lecture per week.

Prerequisites: Risk & Hazard Impact Studies (EADM 205) or permission of the instructor.

EADM 430 SIMULATED DISASTER TRAINING

Fall/Spring 3 credit hours

This course is designed for students to acquire fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to develop, conduct, evaluate, activities and exercises. The content addresses the fundamental requirements of an overall exercise program and its components. Emphasis is placed on the assessment process and the development of sound evaluation tools for exercises and/or organization performance in actual emergency and/or disaster situations. Three hours lecture per week.

Prerequisites/corequisites: Management Communications (BSAD 340) and Incident Command: System Coordination & Assessment (EADM 400) or permission of instructor.

EADM 435 DISASTER SIMULATION

Spring, 6 credit hours

The course is a highly structured applied interactive educational and training simulation experience that requires the student to participate in sequential exercises that focus on the application of skills and abilities in emergency and disaster management. Students will create an operational scenario, assess its application, calculate applicable scenario coordination, and conduct the evaluation of exercise(s) participant performance associated with an actual emergency and/or disaster situation. Participants are required to develop, conduct, and evaluate these activities through the use of phased proficiency exercise applications. Six hours lecture per week.

Prerequisite: Simulated Disaster Training (EADM 430) or permission of instructor.

EADM 480 INTERNSHIP IN EMERGENCY AND DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Fall/Spring, 3-9 credit hours

The EADM internship is an academic program integrating classroom work and practical experience with cooperating agencies. The internship allows seniors the opportunity to apply classroom learning in emergency and disaster response associated agencies. It is a structured experience in which an intern acquires and applies knowledge and skills, while working in a responsible role.

Prerequisites: Incident Command: System Coordination & Assessment (EADM 400), senior level status in the Emergency Management program, or permission of instructor.

EADM 485 SENIOR PROJECT

Fall/Spring 9 credit hours

Students will complete a senior research project specifically addressing issues in the emergency and disaster management arena. Under the guidance of a faculty mentor, the student will submit a research proposal, conduct research, prepare a thesis style report, and present a defense to a thesis committee.

Prerequisite: Incident Command: System Coordination & Assessment (EADM 400) or permission of instructor.