Emergency Management Academy

The Emergency Management Academy contains a workshop and six (6) inter-related modules designed to provide participants with an in-depth understanding of the process of developing or enhancing a local emergency management system, including the development of a local Emergency Operations Plan and supporting systems needed to prepare the community to deal with a variety of hazards; training responders, decision-makers, whole community partners, as well as community residents; and then conducting a series of increased complexity exercises that validate the community’s level of preparedness.  A reoccurring theme of building a whole-community team that will assist in the assessment, planning, training and exercising process will be encouraged to strengthen community engagement, buy-in, and resiliency.   The course blends new theories with time-tested methodologies to develop a strong community-wide capability and support.

  • Each course will include three (3) to four (4) segments.
  • The segment will run two (2) to three (3) hours in length via Zoom lectures. 
  • Students will work in cohorts on exercises from each segment. The exercises will be asynchronous (self-paced) or group exercises.

Cost: $1075 for all six (6) courses and the workshop is separate at $79. The courses build on one another and can't be taken individually. Students should register for all six (6) courses after Introduction to Emergency Management for Local Officials Workshop. 

Academy course code: HSTI-0015-310

Workshop / Introduction to Emergency Management Academy

The importance of a comprehensive emergency management program as an essential element of a community’s mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery strategy is the primary focus of this module. Program elements highlight the essential role of elected and appointed officials in the development of public policy; understanding threats and hazards that could affect the community; developing an effective whole community emergency management organization; and being prepared to provide executive direction and leadership during periods of emergency and disaster.

The workshop also introduces participants to a series of inter-related individual and team-based training modules (described below) included as part of the College of DuPage - Homeland Security Training Institute curriculum.

Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
HSTI-0015-300, $79
Virtual Classroom

This module assists community and organizational emergency planners understand the legal regulations and national standards that provide guidance to, and restricts emergency preparedness, response and recovery operations. The course emphasizes building a whole community team that partners with planners in the development of emergency plans and procedures, as well as the training and exercise activities that validate those plans.

Thursday, Feb. 25, March 4, March 11
9 a.m. to Noon
Virtual Classroom

Assisting community and organizational emergency planners better understand their community and its threats, as well as providing a methodology for determining hazards with the greatest risk is the initial focus of this module. The module then provides tools to assist planners conduct a vulnerability and risk assessment, and use the results of that assessment in the development of long-term strategic capability building goals, and components of the community’s emergency operations plan.

Thursday, April 22, April 29, May 6, May 13
9 a.m. to Noon
Virtual Classroom

Assisting local officials and community leaders understand the concepts of managing a major emergency or disaster, and the resources and support available from mutual aid and private organizations, the state and federal governments are the focus of this module. The importance of developing disaster centric public policy that guides preparation for, response to, and recovery from a disaster is also highlighted. The program also provides an overview of the process of planning for recovery, designed to build community resilience and the capability to recover from a major emergency or disaster event.

Thursday, June 17, June 24, July 1
9 a.m. to Noon
Virtual Classroom

This module will introduce planners to federal and state guidelines describing the content of local emergency plans and procedures, as well as the active involvement of whole community partners in the planning effort. Differing types and formats for the development of the basic plan, annexes, and appendices will be discussed and students will participate in an individual activity related to the development of a segment of a local plan. Built on the results of previous individual and group work, activities will immerse participants in developing cross-cutting elements of the plan designed to mitigate identified hazards that impact multiple departments and agencies as well as whole community partners. The module will also introduce planners to the concept of Continuity of Operations (COOP) planning, designed to ensure sustainable emergency operations in the event the community’s command and control systems and staff are impacted by a disaster.

Thursday, August 19, Aug. 26, Sept. 2, Sept. 9
9 a.m. to noon
Virtual Classroom

Supporting the axiom that “a plan isn’t worth the paper its written on, if people are not trained to use it”, this module will focus on three major areas: training community officials and organizational leaders; training the emergency and essential workers; and training community residents. Participants will participate in group planning and roll-play activities to prepare and present a series of short briefings to simulated community leaders, and first responders. A group discussion will assist the planner in developing a community training program and strategy to educate community residents on life-saving and life-sustaining activities that can be implemented during an emergency prior to the arrival of emergency responders.

Thursday, October 7, 14 and 21
9 a.m. to Noon
Virtual Classroom

During this module participants will be exposed to the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP), which defines a series of stair- stepped, increased complexity exercises designed to train responders and decision-makers, while also validating emergency plans or procedures. A six step process of exercise design will be described, and students will participate in both individual and group activities to determine the need for an exercise; define goals, objectives and target capabilities to be tested; identify the hazard or threat that will drive the exercise scenario; identify departments and organizations that will participate; determine the exercise type and finally develop a schedule for the exercise and its related ramp-up activities. 

A second part of the module will focus on the evaluation and improvement planning activities that assist community planners in validating the emergency plan or procedure, and then building an improvement plan and schedule for correcting the short-falls discovered as part of the exercise.

Thursday, November 11, Nov. 18, Dec. 9 and 16
9 a.m. to Noon
Virtual Classroom

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To register call (630) 942-2208 for EMA course code HSTI-0015-310 or email HSTI@cod.edu for more details.