Emergency Management

2014-15 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 Managshy;ers 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 mitishy;gation, emergency planning, disaster and recovery operations, technology and effective critical thinking, communications, probshy;lem solving and leadership. On the job, an Emergency Manshy;ager 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.

Degrees and Certificates Offered

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Emergency Management

Less than One-Year: Career Pathway Certificate

Emergency Management

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.

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. In addition to required courses in the program of study, students must satisfy MTH 65 competency. 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 103Information Systems of Emergency Management3
EM 203Disaster Response I4
PHL 191*Analysis & Evaluation of Argument4
PS 203*State and Local Government4
General Education4
Third Term
EM 202Hazard Mitigation3
EM 204Disaster Response II4
ETC 105Crisis Intervention & Critical Incident Stress Management3
HUM 221*Leadership Development4
Emergency Management Program Electives4
Fourth Term
COMM 111*Public Speaking4
EM 201Disaster Planning & Preparedness4
EM 211Public Policy & Law in Emergency Management3
MSD 101Principles of Management and Supervision3
Fifth Term
EM 205Disaster Recovery3
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 51 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 103Information Systems of Emergency Management3
EM 110Theory of Emergency Management3
EM 112Theory of Homeland Security3
EM 114History of U.S. Hazards, Disasters and Emergency Management4
EM 201Disaster Planning & Preparedness4
EM 202Hazard Mitigation3
EM 203Disaster Response I4
EM 204Disaster Response II4
EM 205Disaster Recovery3
EM 228Emergency Management: Capstone3
ETC 105Crisis Intervention & Critical Incident Stress Management3
Emergency Management Program Electives14
Total Credits51

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

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. Information Systems of Emergency Management. 3 Credits.

Introduces communications technologies used in emergency response and disaster response, including telephone, radio and computer systems. Covers the operation and components of two-way radio and broadcasting procedures. Explores the link communications specialists provide between agencies, responders and the public. Examines current standards and practices utilizing social media, GIS and GPS, mapping technology, video monitoring and other technologies and security systems. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. 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 112. Theory of Homeland Security. 3 Credits.

Introduces Homeland Security theory including: basic definitions, identification of threats and organizations, identification of resources, roles and responsibilities of emergency managers, first responders, law enforcement and the military, the coordination of various systems and levels of government. Department permission required. 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 201. Disaster Planning & Preparedness. 4 Credits.

Introduces disaster preparedness for individuals, businesses, communities and governments. Explores the design and preparation of disaster preparedness plans for individuals and local jurisdictions. Examines the relationships between government and non-governmental organizations and services available in disasters. Prerequisites: Placement into WR 121, and EM 110 OR EM 112 or EM 114. Audit available.

EM 202. Hazard Mitigation. 3 Credits.

Covers the identification of hazard risks and associated mitigation programs and strategies, includes how to identify local mitigation opportunities and cost effective solutions. Prerequisite: WR 121 and EM 110 or EM 112 or EM 114. Audit available.

EM 203. Disaster Response I. 4 Credits.

Covers principles that promote effective disaster response practices in operations and management. Examines the nature of disasters, the context of response operations, and the roles and responsibilities of individuals and organizations. Prerequisite: WR 121 and EM 110 or EM 112 or EM 114. Audit available.

EM 204. Disaster Response II. 4 Credits.

Examines response operations and management with a focus on the Incident Command System, area command, multi-agency coordination systems, joint information system and other systems. Prerequisite: WR 121 and EM 110 or EM 112 or EM 114. Audit available.

EM 205. Disaster Recovery. 3 Credits.

Covers the basic concepts and operational procedures and authorities involved in recovering from major disasters. Addresses Federal, State, and local government roles and responsibilities in major disaster recovery work, with an emphasis on government coordination and solutions to problems that frequently arise in recovery operations. Prerequisites: WR 121 and EM 110 or EM 112 or EM 114. 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.

EM 228. Emergency Management: Capstone. 3 Credits.

Covers the creation of a portfolio, documenting course work, activities, education and experience history. Includes the completion of a comprehensive personal history background. Provides discipline specific application process and discipline specific oral interview questions. Department permission required. Prerequisites: Placement into WR 121; EM 110 or EM 112 or EM 114. Audit available.