FOUNDATIONS OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND BUSINESS CONTINUITY PLANNING

Foundations of Emergency Management introduces the scope, objectives and principles of emergency management. It is intended to be an introductory course with topics including the history of emergency management in the United States; the profession of emergency management; the roles of federal, state and local emergency management agencies; national response concepts; and preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation strategies.


RISK ASSESSMENT AND MANAGEMENT

This course familiarizes students with methods of assessing health and business risks related to man-made or natural events. Emphasis is given on decision tree methodologies for facilitating the analysis and identification of optimum remedial risk management alternatives. Characterization of hazard sources, exposure pathways, transmission or dispersion mechanisms, hazard vulnerability analysis will be presented.


DISASTER RESPONSE AND RECOVERY OPERATIONS

This course discusses the basic framework of emergency management concept of operations (CONOPS), provide a structure for creating CONOPS and discuss examples of the appropriate use of CONOPS. Students learn to create CONOPS to respond selected terrorist or natural events, provide guidance on the roles and responsibilities of fictional participants and define program organization and management approaches. This course is taught in collaboration with subject matter specialists from the Argonne National Laboratory and business continuity executives.


STRATEGIC PLANNING FOR EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND BUSINESS CONTINUITY

This course seeks to characterize the process of defining mission, objectives, strategic alternatives, evaluation procedures and implementation plans specifically focused on enhancing urban infrastructure and public-private cooperation to respond to natural and man made disasters. The development of capital budgets and procurement procedures to implement such planning would be an integral part of this course. This course is taught in collaboration with subject matter specialists from the Argonne National Laboratory and business continuity executives.


INTEGRATIVE PROJECT IN EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

The objective of the student project is to demonstrate the integration of course materials with practical application of emergency management principles to respond to a terrorist or natural event within a real world setting. It is vital that students are able to confidently process and analyze data in developing emergency response and business continuity plans, estimate expected capacity for infrastructure recovery and integrate new improvements within existing response plans. Addressing financial and procurement issues, related to the implementation of recommendations would also be a component of the project course. This course is taught by faculty in collaboration with subject matter specialists from the Argonne National Laboratory and business continuity executives


CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE AND RESOURCE PROTECTION PLANNING

This course is designed to enable students to create informed policies regarding the leading critical infrastructure sectors in the U.S. (e.g. energy, water, telecommunications, Internet, etc.), by understanding the regulatory and technical architecture issues behind them. The course introduces students to analyses and tools to identify critical private and public sector infrastructure and optimal protection strategies. Students learn how to evaluate the vulnerability and risks regarding each, and how to formulate protection strategies.


ADVANCED SPECIAL TOPICS: CRISIS MANAGEMENT & COMMUNICATIONS

Students learn how to prepare an organization for inevitable threats, execute the crisis communications plan, then, when the crisis has passed, assess and do what must be done before other threats occur. The course introduces students to such areas as crisis preparation, issues management, crisis readiness, crisis leadership, and crisis response. Students learn how to extend management philosophy towards the prevention of potential crises, mitigation of those that do occur, and recovery and restoration in the wake of a crisis.