PCC/ CCOG / EM

Course Content and Outcome Guide for EM 114

Course Number:
EM 114
Course Title:
History of U.S. Hazards, Disasters and Emergency Management
Credit Hours:
4
Lecture Hours:
30
Lecture/Lab Hours:
0
Lab Hours:
0
Special Fee:
 

Course Description

Surveys the U.S. History of hazards and disasters and traces the evolution of emergency management. Emphasis will be on naturally occurring disasters with appropriate attention to the development of technological incidents and the evolution of terrorism. Recommend: WR 115. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

The course is intended to provide a survey of the history of hazards, risks and actual disasters all across the U.S. from the first documented evidence to present day. The population growth and migration, with its effect on risk, will be traced as well as the urban development of this country. This course is a prerequisite for EM 210.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Students will be able to:

  • Discuss the importance of hazards and risks in business and government plans and programs.
  • Identify the risks and hazards that exist in various regions of the U.S.
  • Discuss population growth and migration and how it impacts disaster situations.
  • Understand the concept of a €œtriggering event€ and explain its significance.

Course Activities and Design

  • Lecture and classroom discussion
  • Research of specific disaster categories with oral presentation
  • Term Paper
  • Written Exam

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Grades and competency will be determined according to student ability to demonstrate knowledge of risks, hazards and disasters in U.S. history through written exams and a term paper.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Natural Hazards such as:

            Earthquake

            Tsunami

            Hurricane

            Flood

            Tornado

  • Technological Hazards such as:

Hazardous Materials Release

Radiological Accidents

Structure Fire

Explosion

  • Terrorism Hazards such as:

Biological

Chemical

Explosive

Incendiary

Nuclear

  • How Government, Business and the Community respond.
  • Historical perspective of major events.
  • The changing roles in response to events.

Related Instruction

Computation
Hours: 10

 Discuss the importance of hazards and risks in business and government plans and programs.
 Identify the risks and hazards that exist in various regions of the U.S.
 Discuss population growth and migration and how it impacts disaster situations.

 Describe how disaster losses and costs are estimated.
 Discuss various methods of mitigating disaster impact based upon historical data.
 Identify disaster response funding sources and how they are implemented.
 Research costs if specific disasters, how losses are calculated.
 Document historical changes in disaster relief, including funding & resources.

Communication
Hours: 10

 Discuss the importance of hazards and risks in business and government plans and programs.
 Identify the risks and hazards that exist in various regions of the U.S.
 Discuss population growth and migration and how it impacts disaster situations.
 Understand the concept of a €œtriggering event€ and explain its significance.

 Describe the process required to establish a regional or national disaster declaration.
 Explain specific steps required to bring federal resources to a disaster.
 Discuss the level of responsibility and expenditure of resources required of local jurisdictions before outside aid is available.

Human Relations
Hours: 10

 Discuss the importance of hazards and risks in business and government plans and programs.
 Identify the risks and hazards that exist in various regions of the U.S.
 Discuss population growth and migration and how it impacts disaster situations.
 Understand the concept of a €œtriggering event€ and explain its significance.

 Participate in group presentations on historical disasters to include impact upon the community, individuals and businesses.
 Individual presentations on modern day disasters, including impact and lessons learned.
 Research legislative and local code changes in response to disasters.
 Identify stake holders in disaster response and recovery efforts.