Emergency management leaders need experience in hazard mitigation and preparedness, along with a strong academic background in critical thinking, emergency management law and ethics, management and communication.
Disaster management (or emergency management) is the creation of plans through which communities reduce vulnerability to hazards and cope with disasters. Disaster management does not avert or eliminate the threats; instead, it focuses on creating plans to decrease the effect of disasters.
Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Describe the elements of an integrated emergency management system;
- Compare the roles and responsibilities of key local, state, and federal personnel in dealing with localized emergency incident vs. disasters;
- Identify hazards and propose a strategy to resolve the problem;
- Write a mitigation plan;
- Design an emergency operations center considering the special needs of the occupants;
- Formulate and disseminate accurate news releases;
- Understand the geography and geopolitics of terrorism;
- Develop an action plan for recruiting, interviewing, training, supervising, and evaluating volunteers;
- Utilize the Montana Code Annotated to understand the specifics of Montana state law in relation to emergency management;
- Develop a mass fatality incident plan; and
- Construct an emergency action plan for their agency or community.
Attributes of Successful Emergency Management Professionals:
- Strong attention to detail
- Good communication skills
- Calm demeanor
- Physically fit