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Title: HiEd Briefing for Course Developers

Emergency Management Institute 11th Annual FEMA
EM Hi-Ed Conference
Higher Education Program Overview Framing the
Future June 2-5, 2008 B. Wayne Blanchard, Ph.D.,
CEM (301) 447-1262, wayne.blanchard_at_dhs.gov http/

2008 EM Hi-Ed Conference Participation
  • 316 Enrolled Participants 250/2007
  • 280 Dorm Rooms 240/2007
  • Largest Event EMI Last Five Years
  • Approximately 50 EM Students 30/2007
  • 125 U.S. Colleges and Universities 122/2007
  • 9 Foreign Colleges and Universities 5/2007
  • 43 States District of Columbia 41/2007

Background Context for EM HiEd Project Late
1994-Early 1995
  • Reaction to Criticisms and Weaknesses
  • Hugo, Andrew, Loma Prieta
  • Inadequate Level of Professionalism Within
    Emergency Management
  • New Hazards Y2K, Terrorism, Technologies,
    Illnesses, Climate?
  • Increasing Intensity/Frequency for Some Hazards
    (e.g., Flooding)
  • Growing Vulnerability and Losses Double to
    Triple Per Decade
  • Baby Boomer EM Generation Nearing Retirement
  • New EMI Superintendent and New Associate FEMA
  • EMI to Focus on Functional Training
  • Seek to Leverage Institutions of HiEd Focus on

Problems Facing Todays Emergency Management
  • Population Growth More People at Risk
  • Threat of Communicable Disease
  • New Technologies/Unfamiliar Vulnerabilities
  • Population Migration to High-Risk Areas
  • Rise in International Terrorism
  • Unwise Land Use Development
  • Climate Change
  • Less Than Fully-Successful Recent Experience

U.S. Disaster Losses
  • The costs of natural disaster have been
    increasing exponentially, largely due to
    increases in population and wealth density in
    disaster-prone areasEven when accounting for the
    exponential rise in GDP over the last four
    decades, the costs of natural disasters have
  • (Integrated Risk Information System, 2002)

Enduring Issues that Require Special
  • Disasters Remain a Growth BusinessDisaster
    Losses Continue to Increase
  • Professionalization within the National Emergency
    Management System

EM Hi-Ed Program Mission
  • Nations leading focal-point for EM-Hi-Ed
  • Contribute to EM professionalization via
    educational efforts and
  • Contribute to a more resilient nation via cadre
    of new 21st Century Hi-Ed EMs

EM Hi-Ed Program Vision
  • A future where EM has undergone transformational
    professionalization through EM Hi-Ed
  • Learning from social and natural science
  • Inclusion of experiential learning in Hi-Ed and
  • Drawing upon governmental material in EM Hi-Ed.
  • And though EM training programs more informed by
    social science hazards, disasters and emergency
    management literature.

EM Hi-Ed Goals
  • Provide federal leadership for progressive growth
    of EM Hi-Ed community.
  • Contribute to growth of EM academic Discipline.
  • Support FEMA Vision, Mission, New FEMA Policy and
    Transformation Goals.
  • Support FEMA/NPD mission overseeing coordination
    and development of strategies necessary to
    prepare the Nation for all-hazards.
  • Establish/maintain partnerships with stakeholder
    organizations, e.g., IAEM.
  • ..

FEMA EM Hi-Ed Program
  • In 1994 FEMA Sought to Transition EMIs
    Educational Mission to Institutes of Higher
  • EM Higher Education Has Grown from One Bachelors
    Program in 1994 to Over 150 Programs Nationwide

Emergency Management College Programs by Year
UNT - Univ. of No. Texas RIT Rochester Inst.
Of Tech. TESC Thomas Edison State College WISC
Univ. of WI Madison
Project Begins
Map of US Showing Status of EM College Programs
by State
Emer. Mgmt. Program in Place
Related Emer. Mgmt. Program
Proposed Emer. Mgmt. Program
No Program
EM Hi-Ed In 2008
  • Continued Growth in EM Hi-Ed Programs
  • Approximately a Dozen a Year
  • About 10K Students Enrolled in EM Hi-Ed
  • About 30K Students Take EM Hi-Ed Courses
  • Existing Programs Continue to Grow
  • Since I came to Tech three years ago the
    department has more than doubled by any measure
    number of majors, number of course hours taken by
    majors, or number of classes offered. This growth
    is directly related to the increasing demand for
    appropriately educated emergency management
    professionals. (Ed Leachman, Emergency
    Management News, ATU EAM Program, October 2007.)
  • UNT Has Produced 800 BAs in EMPD since 1983

NYT Article About EM Hi-Ed Programs
  • Tammy N. Karlgaard, a regional emergency
    management planner for a commission in
    Chesapeake, Va., said that she had many
    opportunities when she began looking for a job
    two years ago.
  • (Whitaker, Barbara. "Ready for Anything (That's
    Their Job)."
  • New York Times, 9Sep07)

Exciting Developments 2008
  • Hosted EM Stakeholders who Formulated
  • 1st Consensus Emergency Management Principles
  • IAEM Actively Promoting EMI EM Hi-Ed
  • Congressional Testimony IAEM Pres. Gispert
  • Congressional Interest
  • FEMA NPD Interest and Support -- ?
  • IAEM Student Region XII Largest IAEM Region
  • Fastest Growing Region as Well!
  • 1st IAEM Student Region Newsletter Published

February 12, 2008 The Responder
  • Having been a student, although a long time ago,
    I still remember the struggles of trying to earn
    a minimal living and go to school at the same
    time. I also know that you worry about whether
    you will be able to obtain a job in your selected
    career field. You are fortunate that the
    Emergency Management career field is ever
    expanding. Many local governments are taking a
    more serious view of the need for competent
    emergency managers. The real growth will occur in
    the private sector as many companies realize that
    they also need to pay attention to the principles
    of emergency management. What I offer you is
    encouragement to keep on trucking and working
    hard to complete your education. (IAEM President
    Larry Gispert)

Exciting Developments 2008
  • EM Experiential Learning in Action

All the lessons they have learned in the
classroom became very real for students Wednesday
in ATUs Emergency Administration and
Management (EAM) program when they participated
in tornado damage relief efforts in Atkins.
Approximately 30 Tech EAM students reported to
the Wilson J. Matthews Civic Center in Atkins at
6 a.m. Wednesday to help local authorities
conduct preliminary damage assessments following
a tornado that affected more than 40 homes and
took the lives of at least three residents in the
Pope County community Tuesday night. (The
Courier, 7Feb08)
Exciting Developments 2008
  • New Course Development Projects
  • Catastrophe Readiness and Response
  • Principles of Emergency Management
  • ICS/NIMS Course Development
  • New Course Treatments
  • Comparative Emergency Management by Damon Coppola
  • Floodplain Management Principles and Current
    Practice by James M. Wright
  • Two Book Projects Completed
  • Case Studies In Crisis and Emergency Management
  • EM Hi-Ed Conference Papers EM Hi-Ed/PERI
  • Three Courses Contracted for Revision
  • Business and Industry Crisis Management
  • The Political and policy Basis of EM
  • Public Administration and EM
  • New Sections Added to EM Hi-Ed Program Website
  • Historical Interest Section Emergency
    Management Materials Tab
  • Principles of Emergency Management
  • Students Corner Added to Website

New EM Hi-Ed Program Web Tab EM Hi-Ed Students
  • The EADP Program at University of North Texas was
    the best decision I made both professionally and
    personally.  The program combined both
    theoretical training as well as practical.   The
    EADP Program is one of the oldest programs for
    Emergency Management Professionals in the
    country.    When I graduated I did not start out
    on the bottom of the job market I got my first
    position with a regional government in Texas. 
    Two years later I became an Assistant Emergency
    Management Coordinator for one of the wealthiest
    cities in America.   Personally the people I hung
    out with in class are the people I compete
    against for employment.  Which is a plus when you
    go to a conference and its a class reunion.  I
    did not realize it at the time but I was
    pre-networked into my field before I ever
  • Amy M. Lackey, Class of 03       

Exciting Developments 2008
  • 2008 Body of Knowledge EM Educators Survey
  • 2008 State of Collegiate EM Survey
  • Hi-Ed Conference PERI Book!
  • 1st Year Contract for EM Hi-Ed Conf. Support!
  • All-time High Subscription to EM Hi-Ed Report
  • Part-Time Stay-In-School Position Converted to

Looking Towards the Future 2009-2013
  • Developed Strategic Plan At EM Hi-Ed
  • 15 New Course Development Projects Proposed 5 Yrs
  • Three in FY 2009
  • Proposed Revision of all 22 Upper Div/Grad
  • Expansion of EM Hi-Ed Programs at AD Level
  • Working to Open More EMI Opportunities for
  • Integration of EM Hi-Ed into EMI Training Courses
  • EM HiEd Budget and Staff Increase?

12th Annual FEMA All-Hazards Emergency Management
Hi-Ed Conference
  • June 2-5, 2009
  • Thank You For Attending, and
  • Enjoy the Conference!
  • Oh, And

Thank You
  • Thanks to the EM Student Volunteers Here Today!
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