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HLND 2000 - Introduction to Emergency Management

Credit Hours: 3.00

Prerequisites: None

HLND 2000 addresses preparedness and response in emergency situations resulting from natural, technological, and terrorist hazards. This is an exercise-based course which utilizes case-study analysis and table-top disaster exercises. The instructional methodologies include lecture, case-study review, planning exercises, and table-top simulations aimed at introducing students to a structured decision-making process that focuses on a multi-jurisdictional, multi-agency, and multi-disciplined approach to hazard mitigation.

Billable Contact Hours: 3

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of national trends and developments related to disaster management.


  1. Identify the history of emergency management in the United States.
  2. Describe how FEMA evolved during the 1980s, 1990s and the early 21st century.
  3. Identify the contributing factors that have resulted in the establishment of the Office of Homeland Security.

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students given a prescribed natural or technological risk to a specific community, will be able to develop a hazard and risk assessment which identifies community vulnerability.


  1. Given a community profile, develop a vulnerability and risk assessment consistent with the National Fire and Emergency Training Center’s criteria for disaster planning.
  2. Identify a system used to provide for damage assessment immediately following a natural or technological disaster.
  3. Given a list of vulnerable fixed sites, identify the possible short-term and long-term effects of a catastrophe to a community.

Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, students will, given a case scenario, identify the disciplines of hazard mitigation.


  1. Identify the tools of mitigation.
  2. Identify the impediments to mitigation.
  3. Identify counterproductive mitigation measures.
  4. Describe the federal mitigation programs.
  5. Describe at least three examples of nonfederal mitigation grant programs.

Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course, students will, given a case scenario, be able to demonstrate the ability to determine the necessary resource requirements and provide and manage a proper response.


  1. Establish incident priorities and resource requirements for the local response.
  2. Establish goals for volunteer groups.
  3. Establish incident priorities and resource requirements for state and federal assists.
  4. Develop a communication plan among responding agencies consistent with the principles of the incident command system.

Outcome 5: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the recovery stage of disaster management.


  1. Describe the elements of the National Response Plan.
  2. Identify a minimum of four National Voluntary Relief Organizations.
  3. Describe FEMA’s Individual Assistance Recovery Programs.
  4. Prepare a public press announcement.
  5. Define the role of the United Nations System in international disaster recovery.

  • Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
  • Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
  • Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
  • Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
  • Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
  • Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.
CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Global Literacy: YES
Information Literacy: YES

  1. Introductions/Course Overview
  2. The Historical Context of Emergency Management
  3. Natural and Technological Hazards and Risk Assessment
  4. Disciplines of Emergency Management: Mitigation
  5. Disciplines of Emergency Management: Response
  6. Disciplines of Emergency Management: Recovery
  7. Disciplines of Emergency Management : Preparedness
  8. Disciplines of Emergency Management: Communications
  9. Mid-Term Exam
  10. International Disaster Management
  11. Emergency management and the New Terrorist Threat
  12. Case Study Analysis
  13. Table Top Exercises
  14. Table Top Exercises
  15. The Future of Emergency Management
  16. Final Exam

Primary Faculty
Staelgraeve, Kenneth
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Lopez, Michael
Mirijanian, Narine

Primary Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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