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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Latest version of PowerPoint, Flash and Adobe Reader
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
Operational tolerance and availability
Recovery time and point objectives
Probability and reliability
3. Methods of threat assessment
4. Developing continuity requirements
Balancing EMCP costs
Business impact analysis
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
6. Readiness Planning
Command center preparation
7. Response Planning
Response procedure planning
Types of procedures
Building response procedures
8. Recovery Planning
Recovery vs. response and resumption
Recovery sequence design
9. Resumption Planning
10. Incident Command
Response and Plan Activation Needs
National Incident Management System (NIMS)
Incident Command System (ICS)
National Fire Protection Association Standard on Disaster/Emergency
Management and Business Continuity Plans (NFPA 1600)
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
14. EMCP Program Management
EMCP program definition
15. Technology Planning
Technology's role in EMCP
Building technology solutions for EMCP
Technology vendor selection