Emergency Management
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Program Description

The Emergency Management Program prepares students with the knowledge and strategic managerial skills necessary to ensure a secure and resilient nation to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, recover from the effects of any potential technical, natural disaster, and acts of terrorism including cyber security events. Students will utilize ECC's multi-scenario simulator and hands-on classroom experience employing comprehensive emergency management knowledge.

Additionally, the constant threat of terrorism and events surrounding situations like the attacks on the World Trade Center, the documented rise in the number of weather-related disasters and the increasingly complex world events with regard to other natural and human-induced disasters provides strong evidence for the immediate and long-term need for highly qualified emergency managers. Students completing the EM curriculum will have gained the necessary knowledge and skills to implement the National Preparedness Goal by identifying, describing, and applying the five mission areas of the emergency management: prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery. Students will be knowledgeable and have an understanding of how individuals, private sectors, not-for-profit organizations and organizations at all levels of government should prevent, protect against, mitigate the effects, respond to, and recover from emergencies. Students completing the program will be able to face the specific challenges encountered by community leaders and managers.

Traditional students, firefighters, police officers, emergency medical personnel, safety officers, engineers and scientists (all disciplines), nurses, homeland security, health care practitioners, and social workers-in both the public and the private sectors-will enhance their career opportunities and be better prepared to offer practical strategies and methodologies for effective planning, response, and recovery.

Learning outcomes  include fundamentals in emergency planning, leadership and influence, decision making and problem solving, incident management system, mitigation and preparedness, response and recovery, terrorism planning and response including cyber-attacks, national planning frameworks (prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery), training and exercise programs, emergency operations center design and operation, simulator training, and internships. Graduates will be able to engage, facilitate and encourage community and organizational emergency preparedness to newly recognized national standards.

Degree: Associate in Science
Hegis: 5508
Curriculum Code: 1741
Campus Location: City and Distance
Business & Public Service Division

Available at:
City and Distance

Pre-Admission Recommendations:
HS Diploma with Regents Math and Chemistry Exams
HSE Diploma on a Case Basis

Recommended HS Courses And/Or Experiences:
HS Regents:
Math A
Math B

Career Opportunities/Further Education:
Private Sector
Local, State and Federal Government
Non-Profit Organizations
Religious Organizations


Did You Know?

A significant number of courses have been renumbered as part of the State University of New York's policies which promote student mobility, through transfer of academic credit, to other SUNY institutions. All courses should be numbered at the 100-200 levels. The Listing Reference contains both the old and new numbers which should aid students in their choice of courses.


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