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Disaster Management

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Disaster does not have to mean tragedy, and in this class, Dr. Yuko Nakanishi will provide an overview of disaster response management. She will explain the guidelines, plans and resources available through FEMA, including the National Incident Management System, National Response Framework and National Preparedness System. Students will learn the different types of disaster response plans, the planning process from how plans are developed to how they are maintained and updated, organizational structure outlined by the Incident Command System, and principles of resource management. Many vital questions will be addressed, including: What defines an effective response? What actions, procedures and practices facilitate it? What factors impede it?  

What could have been done to avoid the debacle of 2014’s snowstorm in Atlanta, GA? What lessons from Hurricane Irene were used successfully to minimize injury and loss of life during Hurricane Sandy? How can communities work together to manage emergencies of all kinds — natural disasters, disease outbreaks, terrorist attacks or even the zombie apocalypse?

The goals of an effective response are life safety and the protection of property, infrastructure and environment. This class will provide the foundation for anyone involved in emergency management to develop an effective plan. A sample of topics to be discussed:

  • How to request Federal aid, which requires the President to declare a disaster
  • The roles and responsibilities of federal, state, tribal, and local agencies; businesses; nonprofit organizations; faith-based organizations; communities and individuals
  • How to categorize and track the necessary resources, including not only personnel such as police, fire, and medical but also heavy equipment for things like debris removal and contractors for needed supplies

The First Module will present the impact of major disasters on communities across the globe as well as an overview of disaster management and, in particular, disaster response management. The Second Module will introduce disaster response principles, especially those contained in the two foundational guides developed by FEMA: the National Response Framework (NRF) and National Incident Management System (NIMS). The Third Module will focus upon disaster response planning, including the different types of plans. The Fourth Module will explain the essential Command and Management structure, the Incident Command System (ICS) and its key components. The Fifth Module will cover Resource Management concepts and practices along with technologies used to manage and track resources.  

Course Objectives

  • Explain the goals and objectives of disaster management and response
  • Explain the purpose, uses and benefits of National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the National Response Framework (NRF)
  • Explain the key concepts and components of the Incident Command System (ICS)
  • Explain the key concepts and components of Resource Management  

Required Reading

National Incident Management System (NIMS). Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), US Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC, Dec., 2008.

Suggested Reading

Emergency Support Functions, Support Annexes, and Incident Annexes. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), US Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC, January 2008.

National Preparedness Goal (NPG) First Edition. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), US Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC, September 2011.

National Preparedness System (NPS) First Edition. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), US Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC, November 2011.

National Response Framework (NRF) Second Edition, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), US Department of Homeland Security, Washington, D.C., May 2013.

Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 101: Developing and Maintaining Operations Plans, Version 2.0 (CPG 101, Version 2.0). Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), US Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC, Nov 2010.


Meet the Instructor

Yuko Nakanishi, PhD
Principal
Nakanishi Research and Consulting, LLC

Module 1: Overview of Disaster Management
The learner will be able to:

  • Describe the negative impacts of disasters
  • Describe effective response
  • Describe factors that facilitate response
  • Describe factors that impede response
  • Explain the roles of federal, state, tribal and local agencies; the private sector; non-governmental organizations (NGOs); communities and individuals

Module 2: Disaster Response Principles 
The learner will be able to:

  • Explain the foundations of domestic incident response
  • Explain the purpose and structure of the National Response Framework (NRF)
  • Explain the purpose and structure of the National Incident Management System (NIMS)

Module 3: Disaster Response Planning
The learner will be able to:

  • Describe the disaster response planning process
  • List the different types of disaster response plans
  • Explain how disaster response plans are developed 
  • Explain how disaster response plans are continually maintained and updated

Module 4: Incident Command System (ICS)
The learner will be able to:

  • Describe Incident Command System (ICS) organization, organizational element and positions
  • Explain the structure, role and responsibilities of the Operations section of the ICS organization  
  • Explain the structure, role and responsibilities of the Planning section of the ICS organization  
  • Explain the structure, role and responsibilities of the Logistics section of the ICS organization  
  • Explain the structure, role and responsibilities of the Finance/Administration section of the ICS organization  

Module 5: Resource Management
The learner will be able to:

  • Explain the key concepts and principles of resource management
  • List technologies useful in resource management
  • Explain resource typing principles
  • Explain how resources are tracked and mobilized 
  • Explain how resources are tracked and report

Dates & Times

July 21 - 25, 2014
Interactive Lectures:
Available 24/7
Live Q&A Sessions:
Mon - Fri, 12:00 - 12:30 PM, EST

Level

Intermediate: students should be familiar with basic emergency management technology

Credits

0.5 CEUs from IEEE

Technical Requirements

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