Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

Certificates in Emergency Management

This program prepares individuals to participate in the planning and management of a response to a localized emergency incident. Courses offered include:

Introduction to Emergency Management

The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an overview and working knowledge of emergency management. The course will discuss emergency management in an all hazards approach methodology. The four phases of emergency management -- preparedness, planning, response and mitigation -- will be explored and discussed individually and as they relate to the other.

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Introduction to Incident Command System

This course is designed to provide the student with an overview of the National Incident Management System (NIMS), incident command and unified command structure. Additionally, a look at incident management from various perspectives such as local fire departments, industrial settings, the Oklahoma City bombing, and others will be discussed. The student will work in an interactive program to prepare for future roles and responsibilities. Students will learn from the experiences of others.

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Risk Identification and Assessment

The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an overview and working knowledge of how to identify risk and assess its potential on a particular entity. The course will discuss risk identification methodologies and risk assessment techniques relative to the emergency planning process. Students will be given examples of potential risks and will work to chart the risk potential, assess its potential impact relative to other risks identified and prioritize the results.

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Introduction to  Emergency Planning  

This course will introduce the student to the concepts of emergency and crisis planning. The course provides an overview of the entire concept of planning as an activity to anticipate, prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from any incident. The course will break down the planning process into understandable parts such as hazard analysis, resource assessment, plan development, coordination with others, and plan implementation training and education.

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Leadership in an Emergency

This course will provide the student with an overview of the theories and concepts of leadership development. The course will examine leadership from a value (core values), systems (chain of command), functional, and a skills approach (motivation, supervision, and communications) relative to leadership in an emergency.

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Drills and Exercises

The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an overview and working knowledge of the design and implementation of a drill and exercise program. Therefore, the course will overview the main exercise activities and their relationships to one another and also discusses some important aspects of laying the groundwork for an exercise, the design process, the implementation of the drill and the critique process.

The class will endeavor to show an exercise is not an independent activity with a clear beginning and ending. Rather, drills and exercises can be seen as part of a complex process that involves a number of activities -- all interrelated -- affecting not only the success of the current exercise but the design and success of future efforts.

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