Emergency planning and management (EPM) professionals plan and direct disaster response or crisis management activities, provide disaster preparedness training, and prepare emergency plans and procedures for natural and man-made disasters.
The frequency of such events has created a demand for professionals who can respond to the physical, psychological and economic needs of the people, organizations and communities affected. These specialists must understand the role of governments at every level, plan effectively, assess vulnerability, and manage the distribution of resources during a crisis.
Even as hiring in the occupation is expected to grow 5-8% by 2020, most organizations now expect EPM professionals to have a college degree and specialized training. The important qualities required for successful EPM professionals are also skills that higher education seeks to cultivate.
Immaculata University’s Emergency Planning and Management bachelor's degree-completion program offers the only major in EPM in this region and is recognized by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Designed primarily for the working adult, the accelerated delivery format allows students to design customized schedules that involve both classroom and online courses. Courses are taught in a blended format and are completed in seven- or eight-week terms.
The program is designed to produce graduates who are proficient in:
Anticipating hazards and problems that may arise from an emergency in order to plan and respond effectively
Making decisions, identifying the strengths and weaknesses of possible solutions, as well as the costs and benefits of each action
Writing and communicating professionally, particularly emergency preparedness plans, to inform communities, other agencies and the public
Working with other organizations, government officials, and the general public to coordinate emergency responses
Leading successfully to ensure effective responses to emergencies by organizing and providing direction to a variety of people
Students who start with approximately 64 credits (from credit transfers or credit for prior learning) can complete the requirements for the major in two years or less by taking courses year-round.