Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

Integrated Emergency Management Course

Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

Integrated Emergency Management Course

Article excerpt

The Integrated Emergency Management Course (IEMC), a four-and-a-half-day course offered by the Emergency Management Institute of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), places public officials and emergency personnel in a realistic crisis situation within a structured learning environment.

Early in the course, an emergency scenario begins to unfold in sequence with classroom-style lectures, discussions, and small-group workshops. As the course progresses, events of increasing complexity, threat, and pressure occur. Participants develop emergency policies, plans, and procedures to ensure an effective response. The course culminates in an emergency exercise designed to test participant knowledge, awareness, flexibility, leadership, and interpersonal skills under extreme pressure.

Participants are challenged to use new ideas, skills, and abilities in addition to their own knowledge and experience. In this way, the IEMC allows individuals to rehearse their real-life roles in a realistic emergency situation, as well as to identify additional planning needs.

Classroom topics are designed to make all class participants familiar with the roles of the various community agencies, and vary slightly depending on which version of the course is being conducted.

Preparedness and response topics include

* Public Policy in Emergency Management,

* Media Role in Disaster Response,

* Orientation to Emergency Management,

* Orientation to the Fire Service,

* Orientation to Law Enforcement,

* Orientation to Emergency Medical Services,

* Orientation to Public Works,

* Mass Care and Sheltering, and

* Federal Role in Disaster Response. …

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