EMG 3050: Special Operations


This course provides an overview of special operations in emergency management (EM). The emergency management field is ever evolving and requires integration of operations not traditionally considered core EM functions. These functions include integration with the intelligence community, joint information centers, preplanned special events, critical infrastructure protection, and interstate and intrastate mutual aid. This course explores these and other critical special operations that EM communities undertake. Upon successful completion of the course, the student will have an understanding of how EM integrates with these functions.


  1. Identify the difference between disasters and catastrophes.
  2. Analyze how outside factors such as political and legal issues impact emergency management operations.
  3. Examine the challenges associated with special operations, including issues related to mass care, evacuation, and public health preparedness.
  4. Analyze the challenges associated with planning for and responding to large-scale incidents.
  5. Examine how homeland security issues are incorporated into emergency management operations.


  1. EMG 3000


Preparedness and response for catastrophic disasters

Publisher: CRC Press (2013)
Author: Bissell, R. (Ed.).
ISBN: 9781466511897
Price: $54.56

* Disclaimer: Textbooks listed are based on the last open revision of the course. Prior revisions and future revisions may use different textbooks. To verify textbook information, view the course syllabus or contact the CSU Bookstore at bookstore@columbiasouthern.edu