Core Course

This course familiarizes students with the fundamentals of emergency management and homeland security. The evolution of emergency management and homeland security is discussed along with a review of significant events that have shaped and influenced practices and doctrine. It identifies key players involved at the national, state, and local levels and their roles and responsibilities in prevention, protection, mitigation, preparation, response, and recovery to a naturally occurring or human-caused hazard. Students learn appropriate federal agency mandates, including those of the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the Department of Health and Human Services.

The content includes a discussion of risks, threats, vulnerabilities, and consequences as well as directives and guidelines included in the National Incident Management System, National Planning Frameworks, National Infrastructure Protection Plan, Homeland Security Presidential Directives, Presidential Policy Directives, the National Fire Protection Association 1600 standard, the Emergency Management Accreditation Program emergency management standard, and the National Preparedness System. Topics also include the weapons, models for dispersion, and public health consequences and counteractions that might be employed in terrorist attacks. The course considers the detection and response to such acts and potential modes of treatment, amelioration, and response. Students also participate in a table-top exercise simulating an actual disaster event.