Emergency Management

2013-14 Edition

Cascade Campus
Public Services Education Building (PSEB), Room 133
971-722-5530

www.pcc.edu/programs/emergency-mgmt/

Career and Program Description

Emergency Managers are expected to have a broad range of knowledge as they face the varied threats to our modern society and our personal safety. Today’s threats include natural disasters, technological threats and terrorism in its many forms. Expertise in emergency management is needed at every level of government and in the private sector. This broad range of knowledge comes from education and on the job experiences. Emergency Manag­ers must have a knowledge base of hazards, disasters, planning, science, history, research methods, communications and management. The profession requires diverse skills including a focused education in the areas of history of hazards and miti­gation, emergency planning, disaster and recovery operations, technology and effective critical thinking, communications, prob­lem solving and leadership. On the job, an Emergency Man­ager is responsible for coordinating disaster response or crisis management activities. They must provide disaster preparedness training, create and design emergency plans and procedures and direct emergency response operations.

Prerequisites and Requirements

This program is limited entry. Students are required to fill out a department application form and meet with a program advisor prior to registering for any 200 level EM course. Students must pass all prerequisites with a C or better in order to enroll in any EM courses with a “200” or higher designator.

Degrees and Certificates Offered

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Emergency Management

Less than One-Year: Career Pathway Certificate

Emergency Management

 

 

Emergency Management AAS Degree

Minimum 97 credits. Students must also meet Associate Degree Comprehensive Requirements and Associate of Applied Science Requirements. Students must complete a total of sixteen credits of General Education. Some courses specified within the program may be used as General Education. Students should consult with program advisors for course planning.

Emergency Management Degree Credit Summary

EM44
CJA3
COMM4
ETC3
HUM4
MSD3
PHL4
PS4
PSY4
WR4
EM Program Electives12
Remaining General Education8
Total Credits97

Course of Study

The coursework listed below is required. The following is an example of a term-by-term breakdown.

First TermCredits
CJA 101Cultural Diversity in Criminal Justice Professions3
EM 101Introduction to Emergency Services4
EM 110Theory of Emergency Management3
EM 114History of U.S. Hazards, Disasters and Emergency Management4
Emergency Management Program Electives4
Second Term
EM 103Introduction to Radio Communications3
EM 203Principles & Practices of Disaster Response I4
PHL 191*Critical Thinking: Language and the Layout of Argument4
PS 203*State and Local Government4
General Education4
Third Term
EM 202Principles & Practices of Hazard Mitigation3
EM 204Principles & Practices of Disaster Response II4
ETC 105Crisis Intervention & Critical Incident Stress Management3
HUM 221*Leadership Development4
Emergency Management Program Electives4
Fourth Term
COMM 111*Public Speaking4
EM 210Emergency Management Planning for Hazards & Disasters4
EM 211Public Policy & Law in Emergency Management3
MSD 101Principles of Management and Supervision3
Fifth Term
EM 205Disaster Recovery Operations3
EM 221Business Continuity or Resumption of Operations Planning3
PSY 101*Psychology and Human Relations4
WR 227Technical and Professional Writing 14
Sixth Term
EM 222Disaster Exercise Design and Evaluation3
EM 223Terrorism3
Emergency Management Program Electives4
General Education4
 Total Credits: 97

*

Could be used as General Education

Emergency Management Program Electives

G 201Physical Geology *4
G 208Volcanoes and Their Activity *3
G 209Earthquakes *3
GEO 105Introduction to Human Geography *4
GEO 106World Regional Geography *4
GEO 209Physical Geography: Weather and Climate *4
GEO 210The Natural Environment *4
GS 109Physical Science (Meteorology)4
MSD 121Leadership Skill Development3

Any pre-approved CJA, EMS, ETC or FP courses may be used to fill the elective requirement.

*

Could be used as General Education

Emergency Management: Career Pathway Certificate

Minimum 44 credits. Students must also meet certificate requirements. The Emergency Management Certificate is a Career Pathway. All courses are contained in the Emergency Management AAS Degree.

EM 101Introduction to Emergency Services4
EM 110Theory of Emergency Management3
EM 114History of U.S. Hazards, Disasters and Emergency Management4
EM 202Principles & Practices of Hazard Mitigation3
EM 203Principles & Practices of Disaster Response I4
EM 204Principles & Practices of Disaster Response II4
EM 205Disaster Recovery Operations3
ETC 105Crisis Intervention & Critical Incident Stress Management3
Emergency Management Program Electives16
Total Credits44

Emergency Management Program Electives

FP 90703
G 201Physical Geology *4
G 208Volcanoes and Their Activity *3
G 209Earthquakes *3
GEO 105Introduction to Human Geography *4
GEO 106World Regional Geography *4
GEO 209Physical Geography: Weather and Climate *4
GEO 210The Natural Environment *4
GS 109Physical Science (Meteorology)4
MSD 121Leadership Skill Development3
Any pre-approved CJA, EMS, ETC or FP courses may be used to fill the elective requirement.

 

*

Could be used as General Education

Courses

EM 101. Introduction to Emergency Services. 4 Credits.

Covers a broad range of emergency services providers and the relationships between these service providers and the community. Includes history, organizational structure, terminology, training and standards, legal and ethical responsibilities of Police, Fire, Emergency Medical, 9-1-1 and Emergency Management, as well as joint responses. Audit available.

EM 103. Introduction to Radio Communications. 3 Credits.

Introduces the technology of two-way radio communications, as applied to emergency services. Introduces how telecommunicators provide the communications link between agencies, field responders and the public. Includes the operation and components of two-way radio and proper radio broadcasting procedures for all First Responders. Prerequisite: WR 115. Audit available.

EM 110. Theory of Emergency Management. 3 Credits.

Introduces emergency management theory, including basic definitions, identification of hazards, descriptions of the phases of emergency management, identification of resources, roles and responsibilities of emergency managers, and coordination of various systems. Recommend: WR 115. Audit available.

EM 114. History of U.S. Hazards, Disasters and Emergency Management. 4 Credits.

Surveys the U.S. History of hazards and disasters and traces the evolution of emergency management. Emphasis will be on naturally occurring disasters with appropriate attention to the development of technological incidents and the evolution of terrorism. Recommend: WR 115. Audit available.

EM 202. Principles & Practices of Hazard Mitigation. 3 Credits.

The disaster mitigation goal of governments is to develop disaster resistant communities. This course identifies hazard risks and associated mitigation programs and strategies and how to identify local mitigation opportunities and cost effective solutions. Prerequisite: EM 114. Audit available.

EM 203. Principles & Practices of Disaster Response I. 4 Credits.

Uncovers the principles that promote effective disaster response practices in operations and management. It will examine the nature of disasters, the context of response operations, and the roles and responsibilities of various individuals and organizations. This is the first of a two part sequence: EM 203 and EM 204. Prerequisite: EM 110 and EM 114. Audit available.

EM 204. Principles & Practices of Disaster Response II. 4 Credits.

Continues the investigation of response operations and management by focusing on various management systems. The Incident Command System, are command, multi-agency coordination systems, joint information system and other systems will all be examined. Prerequisite: EM 203. Audit available.

EM 205. Disaster Recovery Operations. 3 Credits.

Covers the basic concepts and operational procedures and authorities involved in recovering from major disasters. It addresses Federal, State, and local government roles and responsibilities in major disaster recovery work, with an emphasis on government coordination and the solution of problems that frequently arise in recovery operations. Prerequisites: EM 110 and EM 114. Audit available.

EM 210. Emergency Management Planning for Hazards & Disasters. 4 Credits.

Course will examine the concepts of writing an emergency operating plan and the elements necessary for inclusion in the plan (all-risk hazards planning). Students will begin with the process for identifying local hazards and resources, vulnerability and impact analysis, and public policy considerations. Using groups they will analyze their hazard assessments and write a basic plan. The groups will present their plans to the whole for critique. Actual emergency operating plans will be used to illustrate the planning requirements and results. Prerequisites: EM 110 and EM 114 and WR 121. Audit available.

EM 211. Public Policy & Law in Emergency Management. 3 Credits.

Provides the student with specialized knowledge and skills necessary to develop public policy related to emergency management. Course emphasizes policy leadership in the area of emergency planning and response as part of the larger responsibility to protect the general welfare of the people community, all within existing federal, state and local laws. Prerequisite: EM 110 Audit available.

EM 221. Business Continuity or Resumption of Operations Planning. 3 Credits.

Address the critical dependence of modern organizations on disaster vulnerable technology, such as management information, communications, and computerized process control systems. Students will have the opportunity to produce working plans that provide preventative measures to minimize disaster impact, provide an organized response, and ensure business continuity during recover. Prerequisites: EM 114 & WR 121. Audit available.

EM 222. Disaster Exercise Design and Evaluation. 3 Credits.

Provides the student with an understanding of how different types of disaster exercises are written and conducted. Exercises are a necessary training tool for all emergency response organizations to test new skills, technology and competency. Prerequisites: EM 203, EM 204, and EM 205. Audit available.

EM 223. Terrorism. 3 Credits.

Introduces the issues of terrorism, the organizations and key characters in both international and domestic terror. The course also introduces the various agents and delivery systems of weapons of mass destruction. Recommend: WR 115. Audit available.