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The Emergency Management and Continuity Planning (EMCP) Certificate Program provides participants with interdisciplinary training with an emphasis on "real" world experience. The courses that comprise the certificate are designed and presented by leading experts in the field in order to help individuals develop and refine their emergency management and continuity planning skills.

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Foundations of Emergency Management and Business Continuity Planning Online Certificate Program

This course provides the basics of disaster preparedness. The course takes the "All Hazards" approach, and is a study of natural disasters such as, earthquakes, hurricanes and tornados, as well as man-made incidents such as acts of terrorism, chemical spills or release, fire and explosions.

 

The course focuses on the different aspects of potential hazards for each type of incident. These aspects include severity, risk of occurrence, methods of mitigation (risk reduction) and preparedness, response and recovery procedures. The knowledge base developed in this course will be used as a foundation to develop written Emergency Action Plans.

  • Course Goals:

    Recognize hazards in the industrial, commercial, governmental and residential sectors relative to natural and man-made disasters.

    Plan, train and implement countermeasures to minimize the effects of a disaster and/or remediate the aftermath.

    Identify and discuss coordination between federal, state and local agencies and organizations involved in the response and relief.

    Write an effective Emergency Action Plan.

  • Learning Objectives:

    Master the knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of each sector's disciplines.

    Assess the risk of disaster by determining the potential severity and probability of occurrence.

    Demonstrate an ability to apply current knowledge and adapt to emerging applications of mathematics, science, engineering and technology.

  • Target Audience:

    Mid-to-upper-level professionals who aspire to become operational leaders, managers or analysts in this general area, or who plan to pursue a particular concentration within this field.

  • Learning Format:

    Master the knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of each sector's disciplines.

    Assess the risk of disaster by determining the potential severity and probability of occurrence.

    Demonstrate an ability to apply current knowledge and adapt to emerging applications of mathematics, science, engineering and technology.

    Demonstrate an ability to manage projects, industrial systems and/or lead personnel effectively.

  • Course Tools/Technology:

    UIC Blackboard

    Latest version of PowerPoint, Flash and Adobe Reader

  • Course Topics:

    The course consists of two basic approaches, one for natural disasters and the other for man-made incidents.

    1. RISK ASSESSMENT

    Likelihood of occurrences (based on location) Potential severity

    2. NATURAL DISASTERS

    Natural disasters will be discussed in the following format and applied to commonly known disaster occurrences:

    Define: Definition of the disaster and the "causation/format"

    Identify: Identification of the hazards associated with the disaster

    Assess: Assignment of a level of risk to a specific disaster Mitigate: Identification of options that can be implemented to reduce the risk

    Respond: Identification of proper response procedures including the potential for secondary hazards

    Recover: Identification of procedures that can be used during the recovery process while supporting the resumption of "business as usual"

    3. MAN-MADE INCIDENTS

    Man-made incidents will be discussed in the following format and applied to commonly known occurrences:

    Define: Definition of the specific incidents and responsible parties

    Identify: Identification of the hazards associated with the man-made incident

    Assess: Identification of techniques to assess the risk of a terrorist attack with emphasis on the critical infrastructure of the United States, such as the national communication system, power grid, etc.

    Mitigate: Identify options to "harden" targets to deter an attack or make the objects less vulnerable to an attack

    Response: Identify procedures to respond to specific terrorist attacks, including the methods used to detect the attack, personal protective equipment to be worn and potential health care issues such as treatment

    Recovery: Discussion of recovery issues and procedures that include decontamination and reconstruction"

    4. ADDITIONAL TOPICS

    The role of the federal, state and local governments will be discussed. In addition, disaster- oriented organizations and agencies and the role of the private sector will be discussed.

    Critical Infrastructure Business Continuity

    There will be a discussion on the procedures used to respond to the release of a CBRNE agent. The National Incident Management System and the concept of incident command will be introduced as well as basic response procedures. These presentations will provide only an overview. Additional courses are offered on this complex topic through various organizations.