PSS3420 Emergency Management & Incident Command

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Wilton Gleaton

Course Description:

This course will explore how first responders and other professionals prepare for and respond to disasters and other critical incidents. These may include natural events (e.g., hurricanes, earthquakes, heat waves, etc.), technological failures (e.g., long-term power outages, nuclear meltdown, dam break), and human-created incidents (e.g., terrorism, riots, and acts of violence).

How This Course Benefits Students:

Emergency Management & Incident Command provides a meaningful opportunity to apply theory to practice in the study of a field that effects every criminal justice professional or first responder. Students will learn the fundamental principles of the National Incident Management System (NIMS), National Response Framework (NRF), and the Incident Command System (ICS). Case studies will be utilized to foster critical thinking and discussion, and to provide an effective analysis and assessment of the emergency management and incident command.

Why This Course Is Important:

This course will explain the fundamental principles of emergency management to include but not limited to the National Incident Management System (NIMS), National Response Framework (NRF), and Incident Command System (ICS). Students will study natural, technical, and human-induced public disasters and catastrophes through case study examinations. The information and knowledge obtained from this course can complement experienced public safety officials or can help prepare students in a new career in emergency management.