Course Content and Outcome Guide for EM 210

Course Number:
EM 210
Course Title:
Planning for Haz & Disasters
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Course Description

Course will examine the concepts of writing an emergency operating plan and the elements necessary for inclusion in the plan (all-risk hazards planning). Students will begin with the process for identifying local hazards and resources, vulnerability and impact analysis, and public policy considerations. Using groups they will analyze their hazard assessments and write a basic plan. The groups will present their plans to the whole for critique. Actual emergency operating plans will be used to illustrate the planning requirements and results. Prerequisites: EM 110 and EM 114 and WR 121. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

The emphasis in this course will be with the initial response to and short-term recovery from a major emergency or disaster by local levels of government. There will be an examination of general plan concepts and content as well as hazard, discipline and task specific details. This course will also include the specifics of Incident Action Planning.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Students will be able to:
  • Utilize the FEMA planning theory
  • Describe the structure and content of an agency
  • Discuss a Jurisdiction Plan and compare and contrast the plan with shift to shift Incident Action Plans.
  • Prepare a variety of plans and annexes for emergency response
  • Develop a standard operating procedure
  • Prepare a planning meeting agenda
  • Conduct and facilitate a planning meeting

Course Activities and Design

Through lecture and small group activities
  • Develop an Agency general plan
  • Develop a hazard specific plan
  • Develop a discipline specific plan
  • Develop and Incident Action Plan
  • Conduct an Incident Action planning meeting
  • Develop planning meeting agendas
Present various plans through individual and group projects

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Evaluate student competencies through written and oral presentation of various plans
  • Application of planning theory in a term paper
  • Design a functional emergency plan
  • Role-playing exercises
  • Mock planning meetings
  • Written exams

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • General Disaster Planning
  • Hazard Specific Planning
  • Discipline Specific Planning
  • Incident Action Planning
  • Standard Operating Procedures or Task Planning
  • Roles and Responsibilities of Local, State and Federal government in planning