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SPEA-J 524 Emergency Management

3 credits

  • Prerequisites: None
  • Delivery: Online
  • This course explores the values underlying effective emergency management principles and policies in a democratic society. Topics include hazard identification; effective planning; stakeholder and public communication; examination of federal, state, and local agency roles and critical partnerships; and preparation for, mitigation of, and response to hazards.

    Learning Outcomes

    1. Evaluate the role of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the challenges they face.
    2. Evaluate how legislation and regulations have influenced FEMA and DHS and their development.
    3. Evaluate the lessons learned from past disasters and how this has influenced current disaster management.
    4. Assess natural, human caused, and technological hazards as they relate to a community’s vulnerabilities and capabilities.
    5. Analyze the influence of social constructs within each of the four phases of emergency management.
      Evaluate a comprehensive emergency management plan (CEMP) as it relates to the community’s level of emergency preparedness.
    6. Analyze the interdependency among government (local, state, and federal) and nongovernmental organizations during each phase of emergency management.
    7. Differentiate emergency management strategies in the United States and the role of the U.S. globally from those of other countries, both developed and developing.


    There is not a syllabus available for this course.