EMG 2000: Introduction to Emergency Management


This course provides an overview of the history of current emergency management both in the United States and other countries. The material covered describes local, state, and federal roles and responsibilities for responding to disasters and emergencies. Students will investigate unique challenges with preparing for and responding to man-made, natural, and technological disasters. Additionally, the course will outline concepts, issues, and programs associated with the development of an emergency management program. Finally, at the conclusion of this course, students will be familiar with the professionalism within emergency management and how the field as a whole is transitioning into a true profession.


  1. Analyze the historical evolution of emergency management in the United States and other countries.
  2. Describe the life cycle of comprehensive emergency management including the phases of mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.
  3. Identify key organizations and agencies that play a role in emergency management in the public, private, and non-profit sectors to understand how they fit into the broader context of comprehensive emergency management.
  4. Apply course content to real-world situations in their current place of work or one they hope to work for in the future.
  5. Identify ways to mitigate the consequences of natural and man-made disasters.
  6. Interpret how the emergence of terrorism has affected how emergency management agencies prioritize tasks and work with law enforcement agencies.




Introduction to emergency management

Publisher: CRC Press (2012)
Author: Phillips, B. D., Neal, D. M, & Webb, G.
ISBN: 9781439830703
Price: $83.15

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