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Emergency Management Course Descriptions

EM 100Introduction to Emergency Management – 3 Cr Hours
 The history and development of emergency management as a professional field of study will be reviewed along with an exploration of the four phases of emergency management (preparedness, mitigation, response, recovery).
EM 202Hazard Mitigation – 3 Credit Hours
 Learn methods for implementation of hazard mitigation measures to reduce the overall impact of disasters. Learn the current trends and programs available to assist in creating more sustainable communities reducing the impact and risk to citizens and their property. 
EM 203Crisis Communication – 3 Credit Hours
 This course covers the typical communication issues faced by public safety officials during an emergency/crisis situation including the basics of verbal and non-verbal communication used by law enforcement, military, Hazmat, and Amateur Radio.
EM 204Disaster Preparedness – 3 Credit Hours
 Learn about the National Response Framework and its objectives and purpose. Explore the process for developing Local Emergency Operations Plans and conducting hazard and risks assessments. Discuss methods for conducting public outreach and education regarding general disaster and emergency preparedness.
EM 205GIS/GPS – 3 Credit Hours
 Introduction to basic concepts of vector Geographic Information Systems (GIS) using several industry specific software programs. Introduction to nomenclature of cartography and geography.
EM 206Disaster Response – 3 Credit Hours
 Learn the roles of local, state and federal government in disaster response. Discuss the role of emergency operation centers during this phase of disaster. Discuss programs applicable to disaster response under the Stafford Act.
EM 208Disaster Recovery – 3 Credit Hours
 Explore victim assistance practices, challenges and programs available when dealing with both immediate and long-term recovery.
EM 300Homeland Security – 3 Credit Hours
 This course provides both traditional students and current practitioners with a comprehensive overview and assessment of contemporary homeland security issues including: foreign and domestic terrorism, immigration and custom enforcement, international travel and commerce and a review of the various federal, state and local agencies involved.
EM 303Sociology of Disaster – 3 Credit Hours
 This course provides a better understanding of the social dimensions of disaster. Analyses of key social-psychological concepts, such as risk and uncertainty, and understanding the sociological assessment of class, community, organization, technology and the media viewed globally.
EM 306Social Vulnerability Approach to Disasters – 3 Cr Hours
 This course introduces students to an approach to understanding hazards and disasters grounded in social vulnerability analysis. Using a multi-disciplinary approach, it will examine historical, geographical, social, and cultural factors and conditions that put people differentially at risk before, during, and after disasters. In particular, the course will focus on global, national, regional, and local patterns of development. Drawing on current theory and research, field studies, class activities, and life experiences, students will explore how vulnerable social groups are affected by and cope with hazardous conditions and events, and strategies for community-based mitigation engaging those most at risk.