An introduction to the basic tasks of emergency preparedness and disaster mitigation, including planning, response, and recovery. Special emphasis will be placed on command arrangements, coordination, and budgetary issues among emergency responders (law enforcement, firefighters, transportation, public works, and health care system officials), and within and between federal, state, and local governments.
For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.
This course cultivates an understanding of different cultures and international actions. It promotes an understanding of Western tradition and American historical aspects of emergency management and fosters university level competencies in writing, speaking, reading, analytical reasoning, computer literacy and research. It challenges students to acquire knowledge independently through research of the sciences and promotes the evaluation of moral and ethical decision making. Students will develop competence in determining an approach to vocation. This course nurtures the maturing of spiritual, intellectual, social, and physical qualities through the synthesis of academic knowledge and Christian values. It cultivates the sensitivity to others with commitment to better humanity and encourages commitment to Christian life while actively communicating the Christian faith, personal integrity, and social responsibility, all achieved through Jesus Christ the Lord and personal Savior.
Measurable Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Identify critical stakeholders in homeland security.
- Describe the structure of incident command, coordination, and collaboration among emergency responders.
- Identify hazards specific to a jurisdiction.
- Conduct vulnerability assessments.
- Explain the elements of preparedness.
- Evaluate current conditions and make recommendations for improving emergency response and management.
Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.
Discussion questions will be posted each module/week. Discussion
question responses (the initial response to the Discussion Question) should
be at least 250 words. The student is also required to post at least 2
substantive replies of 100 words each to a classmate’s thread. Make sure
to proofread carefully. Grammar and spelling errors may impact grading.
The discussion question responses must reflect critical thought. Please try
to relate the course content to real-world applications with biblical
perspectives. At least one academic reference is to be used with initial
postings and cited in APA format.
- Participation is very important online. Each module/week the student will
be required to post his/her initial Discussion Question responses by 11:59
p.m. (ET) on Thursday. Replies to other students’ initial Discussion
Question posts must be posted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of
Modules/Weeks 1–7. Module/Week 8 the initial post will be Wednesday
by 11:59 p.m (ET) and replies are due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday. This
is a required part of the student’s grade.
- The student will find that it is much easier to keep up with an online
course when he/she is logging in and participating regularly.
Individual Field Experiment
- The student will identify and locate 3 homeland security (emergency
management) professionals from your hometown or other locations if
needed. The names of the student’s choices (with their professional title
and organization) must be submitted to the instructor for approval prior to
the interview by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of Module/Week 2.
- Ask each professional what the current issues and problems with
homeland security are. Telephone interviews are suggested. Ask follow-up
questions to identify unknown factors. Some questions could be: (a) What
are the most significant barriers to effective homeland security? (b) What
factors hinder you in protecting the homeland or managing emergencies?
(c) What are the top 4 factors that affect achieving homeland and security
and or emergency management goals?
- Document the issues and problems identified for each professional.
Discuss issues discovered during the interview, the process, and personal
observations in a short narrative.
- Create a spreadsheet or table listing each problem identified and include
the number of participants who identified the particular issue or problem.
Number of Participants Responding
Lack of Communication
Incompatible IT Interfacing
Field Experiment – Group Exercise (Discussion Board Project)
- Each student will be assigned to a team. Collaborate with team members
and combine the results of your individual field experiments into one
spreadsheet or table. Team leaders will combine the team spreadsheets to
create the overall group results using the spreadsheet or table format in
- Each team will develop a summary of findings report. At a minimum, the
summary will include: (a) a description of what the team found, , (b) an
analysis of peer-reviewed studies with at least two studies referenced and
cited (in the text) that support or conflict with the overall group
spreadsheet or table, and (c) a conclusion.
- The report should follow APA guidelines. All sources must be properly
cited. A minimum of two peer-reviewed sources are required, and each
must be cited in the text of the report. The report must be at least 500
Homeland Security Assessment Report
- Conduct a homeland security assessment on your hometown or Current
County, city, town, or base of residence (You may choose any location
you wish actually.) If you live in a large metropolitan area you may
choose to scale the assessment down to a manageable size such as a
district, ward, precinct, etc. (Feel free to contact the instructor with any
questions you may have).
- Identify homeland security (emergency management) stakeholders who
are involved in emergency management.
- What potential hazards both natural and manmade exist?
- Conduct research to identify hazards and ways to mitigate these hazards
(recommended sites are FEMA, IAEM, NEMA, Department of Homeland
Security, and State and Local Government sites such as your state’s Office
of Emergency Management. In Virginia it would be the Virginia
Department of Emergency Management. You are encouraged to visit their
website as well.).
- Prepare a report outlining these factors related to your assessment:
- Identify homeland security (emergency management) stakeholders
- Identified hazards (all hazards
- Risk management and preparedness issues
- The elements of disaster response, recovery, and incident command
- An evaluation of the application of other country responses and
policies as applied to your assessment location. Is it feasible?
- Recommendations for your assessment location (county, city, etc.)
should take to mitigate, prepare, and respond to the most
significant hazards you identified.
- Biblical perspectives regarding mitigation, preparedness, response,
- The report should follow APA guidelines. All sources must be properly
cited. A minimum of 4 sources is required and each must be cited in the
text of the report. The report must be at least 1500 words.