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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.


Strategic Emergency Management and Continuity Planning | Emergency Management Online Certificate |

This course introduces students to frameworks and methods for designing, developing, implementing and evaluating programs and plans for emergency management and business continuity operations in the public and private sectors.


The course exposes students to techniques and processes to develop and evaluate operational plans designed to prevent and respond to critical events. The course integrates principles from various disciplines, including: emergency planning, business continuity, disaster recovery, risk analysis, reliability, systems engineering, strategic planning, technology planning, project management, operations management and others.

  • Course Goals:

    Expose managers to fundamental knowledge, tools, techniques and frameworks used to make informed decisions in the EMCP field. Introduce common terminology and concepts used in the EMCP field for communicating and working with other managers and operating personnel.

    Present topics to students that provide a source of continued information, education and training for students to pursue in the EMCP field, depending on individual career interests.

  • Learning Objectives:

    Employ methods of setting and evaluating EMCP objectives, goals and standards.

    Design and evaluate strategic alternatives to mitigate the effects of critical events.

    Develop needs analysis and risk assessments relative to developing an EMCP plan.

    Understand current trends and experience and the impact of both on EMCP programs.

    Use evaluative tools to assess, analyze and manage various aspects of an EMCP program.

    Understand the process of the development of an EMCP plan.

    Understand the format, content and maintenance requirements for an EMCP plan.

    Evaluate interdependencies between public and private entities that could impact recoverability.

    Evaluate and procure the technology infrastructures necessary to respond to adverse events.

    Conceive, design and document an overall recovery strategy/plan for an organization in response to a critical event or situation.

  • 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:

    Review of online lectures, reading and multi-media materials Individual research and analysis

    Completion of assignments and online quizzes


    Satisfactory completion of a series of case study assignments

    Satisfactory completion of four quizzes

    Participation in online discussion

  • Course Tools/Technology:

    UIC Blackboard

    Latest version of PowerPoint, Flash and Adobe Reader

  • Course Topics:

    1. Basic principles of EMCP strategic planning

    Strategic importance of EMCP

    Current overview of the state of EMCP

    Relevant statutory directives

    Developing objectives and goals of EMCP

    Strategy development of EMCP

    2. Basic principles of continuity and recovery

    Event response models

    Industry trends


    Operational tolerance and availability

    Recovery time and point objectives

    Probability and reliability

    Event/incident metrics

    3. Methods of threat assessment

    Threat terminology

    Threat characterization

    Exposure characterization

    Assessing vulnerability

    4. Developing continuity requirements

    Balancing EMCP costs

    Requirements development

    Risk analysis

    Business impact analysis

    Stating requirements

    5. Developing EMCP plans

    Types of plans

    Overview of the planning process

    Establishing a planning team

    EMCP project initiation and management

    Plan design and development

    Plan components

    6. Readiness Planning

    Readiness elements

    Team preparation

    Communications preparation

    Facilities preparation

    Command center preparation

    Financial preparation

    7. Response Planning

    Response procedure planning

    Types of procedures

    Response categories

    Building response procedures

    8. Recovery Planning

    Recovery vs. response and resumption

    Recovery management

    Recovery activities

    Recovery sequence design

    Lessons learned

    9. Resumption Planning




    10. Incident Command

    Response and Plan Activation Needs

    National Incident Management System (NIMS)

    Incident Command System (ICS)

    ICS Checklists

    National Fire Protection Association Standard on Disaster/Emergency

    Management and Business Continuity Plans (NFPA 1600)

    Crisis Communications

    ICS Leadership Training

    11. EMCP Testing

    The purpose of testing

    Developing test plans

    Test roles and responsibilities

    Types of tests

    Test program development

    Evaluating test results

    12. Plan Maintenance and Administration

    Requirements for change management

    Triggers for change

    Plan administration processes

    Plan document management

    13. Training and Awareness



    Program development

    Interdependency workshops


    14. EMCP Program Management

    EMCP program definition

    Project evaluation

    Program governance

    Program evaluation

    Success factors

    15. Technology Planning

    Technology's role in EMCP

    Technology trends

    Choosing technology

    Building technology solutions for EMCP

    Technology vendor selection