Emergency Management (EMGY)


EMGY 310  Fundamentals of Emergency Management  3 Credits (3,0)

This course studies the various elements involved with all phases of emergency management. It includes thorough coverage of the historical background of emergency management (EM) in the United States viewed through several significant disaster events and the emergence of the most significant laws and policies that have defined and continue to shape the management of emergencies through local, state and federal levels of government including: HSPD 5, HSPD 8, the Stafford Act, the National Flood Insurance Act, along with other pre-FEMA and post-9/11 legislative actions. Topics include a survey and analysis of natural and technological hazards; detailed coverage of FEMA's all hazards approach; all phases of EM cycle - mitigation, preparation, response and recovery; integrated emergency management systems; the incident command and the National Incident Management Systems, and Emergency Support Functions; risk assessment factors; and traditional and social media communications. The course culminates in a group project with each student writing and formally presenting an integrated emergency management plan (EMP).
Prerequisites: RSCH 202

EMGY 400  Introduction to Incident Command System  3 Credits (3,0)

The primary focus of this course is to introduce the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of Emergency Management and the Incident Command System (ICS) as a systematic tool used in the command, control, and coordination of emergency response. The course defines and explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS), a standardized approach to incident management developed by the Department of Homeland Security; and the National Response Framework (NRF), a part of the National Strategy for Homeland Security that provides a unified national response to disasters and emergencies.

EMGY 405  Disaster Policy and Management  3 Credits (3,0)

Disaster Policy & Management introduces principles of disaster management, the understanding of disaster policy, and the global organization of disaster and crisis public management. This course focuses on disaster management in the United States and its relationship between disaster management and public management; through case studies and other activities students will gain a thorough understanding of national disaster policy and crisis management at all levels of government.
Prerequisites: RSCH 202

EMGY 430  Emergency Management and Contingency Planning  3 Credits (3,0)

This course provides students with a comprehensive overview of emergency management practices in both government and private organizations in the U.S. The students will become familiar with the basic concepts, principles, and terms used in the emergency management discipline that includes preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery operations. Students will focus on the planning and leadership roles during natural and man-made disasters and interaction between government and private organizations during such incidents. During the course, the students will discuss the individual roles of the federal, state, and local governments and the private sector in such emergencies. The students will become familiar with the National Response Framework and the National Incident Management System and their application during national disasters. Students will also examine the essentials of business contingency planning in the private sector for disasters. Finally, students will plan and participate in a mock disaster drill to demonstrate their full understanding of the course material.
Prerequisites: RSCH 202