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EM 230 Introduction to Emergency Management

What You Get: Four Modules and Six Appendices with over 120 pages with illustrations and charts

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Module 1 Overview of the Integrated Emergency Management System
Module 2 The Four Phases of Emergency Management
Module 3 Coordination
Module 4 Application



After completing this course, participants will be able to

  • Organize emergency management functions, organizations, and activities using concepts and terms explained in the course.
  • Explain the all hazard emergency management process that integrates the resources of local, State, and Federal governments and voluntary and business assets.
  • Explain the local, State, and Federal roles in emergency management.
  • Explain what citizens can do to protect themselves in emergencies.
  • Describe the elements of an integrated emergency management system.
  • Discuss the role of individuals and organizations, as well as their relationships with one another, in emergency management.
  • Explain why teams are necessary for emergency management.
  • Explain social, political, and economic implications of a disaster.
  • Recognize opportunities for self-help and empowerment in emergency management.


This course introduces you to the fundamental aspects of emergency management. You will become conversant with the principles of emergency management and be able to work with the main emergency management issues. You will also be able to explain how various emergency management services work together in a system of resources and capabilities. In order to help both the community and the citizen in emergencies, this system will be applied to hazards for all four phases of emergency management and for all emergency management functions at all levels of government. Additionally, the crisis experiences of the students and instructors should be shared with one another to create a bigger picture of the emergency management profession.


Module 1-Overview of an Integrated Emergency Management System (IEMS)

IEMS is a conceptual framework for developing and maintaining an integrated emergency management system. It encompasses all types and sizes of hazards; all four phases of emergency management (preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery); all resources needed to perform the necessary functions; and all partnerships at all levels.

Module 2-The 4 Phases of Emergency Management

You will perform a community hazard analysis "desktop exercise" for your community. It will include (a) Preparedness, (b) Mitigation, (c) Response, and (d) Recovery activities appropriate for natural and technological hazards. Materials needed to develop rapid assessment procedures will be discussed. Using this information, you will also conduct a mock needs assessment just after a disaster using checklists to collect and organize data.

Module 3-Coordination

We will discuss the coordination of tasks, roles, and responsibilities in each phase of emergency management. We will use a case study approach to see how these tasks, roles, and responsibilities interrelate in each phase of emergency management:

Role of local government
Role of State government
Role of the Federal government
Private sector roles
Role of the citizen

Module 4-Application

Given a scenario, you will apply the information you have gained in the previous modules to specific assigned tasks or roles. You will describe the eight functions of emergency management and recognize activities that consist in the four phases of emergency management in an integrated emergency management system. These eight suggested core functions are (1) Direction and Control, (2) Communications, (3) Warning, (4) Emergency Public Information, (5) Evacuation, (6) Mass Care, (7) Health and Medical, and (8) Resource Management.


The number of hazardous materials accidents

a. is often reduced by effective emergency management.
b. affects only the local site where the accident occurs.
c. has increased dramatically during the twentieth century.
d. are slowly increasing with the increase of populated urban areas.

The Emergency Program Manager has responsibility for managing emergency management programs during every phase of disaster. (True or False)

Employment opportunities in emergency management are increasing because

a. the public is demanding training and professional emergency program managers.
b. politicians view disasters as a good opportunity to push for increased funding for emergency management staff.
c. funding from the federal government is easier to obtain.

d. the nation's population is more dense and there are more man-made structures increasing the number of disasters.

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