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EMG 150 Principles of Emergency Management (3 credits)

Principles of Emergency Management is intended to provide information that will enable persons just entering the profession or expanding their roles to have the ability to work with emergency management issues. The course tracks the history of Emergency Management from the days of Civil Defense and provides an overview of the characteristics, functions, and resources of an integrated system and how various emergency management services work together in an integration of resources and capabilities. Emphasis will be placed on how this system is applied to all hazards for all government levels, across the four phases and all functions of emergency management. Additionally, this course addresses the National Incident Management System, its components, and its relationship to Emergency Management. Through case studies, students will learn how Emergency Management has worked and evolved over the years.

EMG 152 Public Safety Critical Incident Management (1 credit)

Public Safety Critical Incident Management provides students with information relevant to public safety forces' (fire, police, and emergency medical services) roles and responsibilities when responding to an emergency. Additionally, the course provides information dealing with support service agencies and the concerns and roles of private business and local government in supporting public safety forces in emergency situations. The course provides information to encourage cooperation of all groups and agencies at the scene of an emergency, with a key component focusing on the goals and critical tasks of each public safety agency operating at a given scene. Prerequisite: EMG major or Permission of Instructor.

EMG 155 Introduction to Public Safety Response (3 credits)

Introduction to Public Safety Response will provide the student with a base-line understanding of the principles of responding to many types of emergencies. Course topics include: emergency response activities from police, fire crew, emergency medical service and business/industry perspectives; terrorism-related incidents and their specific response activities; and the interpretation and analysis of case studies to allow the student to develop an understanding of the needs of each discipline, and the importance of working together to manage emergencies. The course will provide basic incident command training, meeting the requirements of the National Incident Management System (NIMS). Students who take EMG 155 cannot also receive credit for EMG 152, EMG 182, or EMG 184.

EMG 162 Resource and Donations Management (3 credits)

This course is designed to provide Resource Management Coordinators with the knowledge and skills they need to perform resource management functions within the overall framework of the emergency operations center (EOC). This performance-based course is intended to introduce local officials (i.e., representatives of local governments and leaders of local voluntary organizations) to the concept of donations management and their roles and responsibilities in the donations management process. This course will also review the roles and responsibilities of the Resource Unit Leader, Supply Unit Leader, and other subordinate positions identified by the National Incident Management System's Incident Command System. Prerequisite: EMG major or Permission of Instructor.

EMG 165 Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (2 credits)

This course provides a comprehensive overview, covering all facets of hazardous waste management and emergency response. Topics include practical exercises and training which may be applied to business, industry, construction and institutions, including Federal and State rules and regulations, handling procedures and proper operation of a designated waste facility, storage, labeling, manifesting, shipment, employee training, proper use of safety equipment, emergency response procedures (spills response and clean up), cost effective waste reduction, and environmental reporting procedures. This course is offered as a one week 40-hour course over the winter intersession and will provide 40-Hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) certification as specified in OSHA 29CFR 1910.120.

EMG 170 Public Information Officer Basic Course (3 credits)

The Public Information Officer Basic Course provides students with the skills needed to perform public information duties as they relate to emergency management. The course focuses on the definition of the job of the public information officer. The course assists participants with building the skills needed for this position, such as oral and written communication, understanding and working with the media, and the basic tools and techniques PIOs need to do the job. Prerequisite: EMG major or Permission of Instructor.

EMG 176 Disasters in Film and Media (3 credits)

Examination of the popular culture pertaining to natural and technological disasters that result from portrayals of catastrophic events in film by the media. Discussion of what can be done to alter myths about human behavior in mass emergency situations.

EMG 178 Emergency Response Planning (3 credits)

Planning is an essential function of an effective emergency management program and serves as a tool for emergency professionals for improving disaster management and public safety policies. The Emergency Response Planning course provides emergency management and public safety personnel with the knowledge, skills, and ability to develop or enhance their Comprehensive Emergency Management plans. The course will highlight the importance of building an integrated system for emergency planning that uses multi-agency teams to address mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. Prerequisite: EMG 150.

EMG 180 Emergency Management Leadership (3 credits)

The Emergency Management Leadership course is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to lead and influence others in the demanding setting of emergency management by increasing their range of skills in a variety of interpersonal areas. Students are taught to clearly identify problems and their root causes in order to be able to determine the appropriate type of decision-making style. Using a suggested process of problem-solving, participants will be able to apply creative solutions to both emergency and non-emergency situations, in an emergency management setting. These skills are then applied to the important issue of managing and developing volunteer resources. Students will learn the necessary skills to make appropriate volunteer assignments, structure programs to maintain or increase the skill levels of volunteers, and motivate volunteers to both maintain readiness and operate effectively during emergency situations. Students may not receive credit for both this course and PSY 211.

EMG 182 Basic Incident Command System (1 credit)

The Basic Incident Command System course is designed to increase the participants' knowledge and understanding of the Incident Command System. Utilizing both lectures and small group activities, participants will acquire the ability to organize and manage an incident through implementing the ICS. The material covered during the course includes an introduction to the principles and features of ICS, organizational overview, incident facilities, incident resources, and common responsibilities of key ICS positions. Prerequisite: EMG 152.

EMG 184 Emergency Response to Terrorism (1 credit)

The Public Safety Emergency Response to Terrorism course provides the knowledge and skills needed by public safety forces that respond to terrorist acts. The course provides those public safety and related support personnel the information to understand terrorism, its root causes and the motivations behind it. The course also provides methods to enable students to recognize circumstances indicating a potential terrorist attack, and to protect themselves from a variety of potential dangers. Prerequisite: EMG major or Permission of Instructor.

EMG 252 Disaster Response and Recovery (3 credits)

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the basic concepts and operations applicable in a disaster situation (particularly for major disasters) and enhance understanding of what the proper roles and responsibilities of various local and state emergency management officials are, why they matter, and how these roles and responsibilities relate to those carried out by the federal government. To foster multi-level partnership, the course emphasizes the problem-solving aspects of disaster operations as well as associated coordination requirements. This course will also discuss the use of the National Response Plan, Emergency Management's place in the National Preparedness Goal, and current trends in disaster mitigation efforts. Prerequisite: HSD 150 or Permission of Instructor.

EMG 262 Intermediate Incident Command System (1.5 credits)

The Intermediate Incident Command System course is designed to increase the partcipants' knowledge and understanding of the Incident Command System. Utilizing both lectures and small group activities, participants will acquire the ability to organize and manage staffing. The material covered during the course includes organization and staffing, organizing for incidents and events, incident resource management, air operations, and incident and event planning. Prerequisite: EMG 182.

EMG 276 Emergency Management Software (1.5 credits)

Technology has become a critical partner in today's Emergency Management and Homeland Security environment. From predicting damage, dispatching resources and managing the resources after dispatching, emergency managers will encounter sophisticated software in their jobs and during emergencies. This course will review several current software packages available for emergency managers, teach students software currently used in local and State emergency management as well as expose them to other computer programs which may assist them in performing hazard analysis, exercise design and response management.

EMG 278 Emergency Operations Center Management (1.5 credits)

The EOC Management course provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to design, initiate, build and operate an Emergency Operations Center. The curriculum is designed using a performance-based approach, which emphasizes learning activities that are easily transferable to the job. Prerequisite: EMG major or Permission of Instructor.

EMG 280 Emergency Exercise Program Management (3 credits)

The Emergency Exercise Program Management course 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. Prerequisite: EMG 150.

EMG 284 Terrorism Response Planning for Communities and Schools (3 credits)

This course will help emergency planners, first responders, and others at all levels to review their preparedness efforts and response capabilities to a terrorist incident. It will also assist participants in the ongoing re-evaluations of threats, their current emergency operations plan and the implications of a terrorist incident on continuity of critical services and long-term recovery. The course also provides participants with the basic information and tools needed to develop effective plans for the wide array of potential emergencies that schools may face. Participants completing the course will be able to explain the importance of effective planning to others and to lead individuals in their school and community through the process of developing an effective multi-hazard program. Students cannot receive credit for both this course and HSD 160.

EMG 285 Emergency Management Internship (3 credits)

These 60 hours of practical experience in the business or government community will allow Emergency Management students to put various skills and knowledge they have gained through coursework to use. Students may find themselves creating hazard analyses, updating comprehensive emergency management operation plans, or observing incident managers at work, as well as other Emergency Management operations recommended by the supporting agencies. Prerequisite: Permission of Department.

EMG 286 Incident Action Planning for Rapidly Expanding Disasters (1.5 credits)

The complexity of incident management is exacerbated when incidents deal with protecting lives and property. Large incidents typically managed by Emergency Managers require not only the didactic aspect of incident management education, but require the ability to use many principles taught in most emergency management courses. This is a companion course to HSD 283 which will allow a student to demonstrate an understanding of Emergency Operations plans and to apply the National Incident Management System principles and practices to a large, complex expanding disaster. Students will be required to research resource needs and the financial implications of decisions while using the Incident Command System.