Crisis and Disaster Management

Crisis and Disaster Management Courses and Program

The new Crisis and Disaster Management (CDM) program is designed to provide emergency management workers and others interested in crisis and disaster management with specialized training for relevant planning, procedures, and skills.  Participants can gain professional development credits by completing a single course for 18 CEUs or the entire series for 108 CEUs.

This fully online program offers a convenient way to satisfy emergency management recertification requirements and to provide an affordable option for organizations to bring quality, accessible training to their employees. For example, these courses can be applied toward the training requirements for programs such as the Missouri Certified Emergency Manager (MoCEM) and the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) Certified Emergency Manager program.

Each 6-week course focuses on a specific area of CDM application and theory, and offers a sound foundation of relevant emergency management topics.  No campus attendance is required for these courses and anyone with internet access can participate. 

The program instructors are experienced teachers and workers who hold relevant credentials in emergency management, including instructors actively employed in crisis and disaster management roles. 

CEUs/Professional Development Credits: 18 CEUs per course/108 for the complete series.

Any required textbooks or materials must be purchased separately from tuition.  Textbooks must be obtained in time for the course start date.

For information about the CDM program, please contact the Center for Workforce Development, at cwd@otc.edu.

Registration: This program is done customized training, meaning that classes are developed and priced per group; please call 417-447-8901 if you are interested.

Course Information Cr Hrs
Disaster Recovery and Mitigation

The recovery and mitigation process involves analyzing the areas related to the various issues facing a community after a disaster and then developing a plan to decrease future vulnerability.  This course is designed to provide the student in this complex process with the necessary tools for assessing the recovery needs of a disaster area.  In this course, students will be introduced to the Federal guidelines related to the recovery process, as well as the roles and responsibilities involving the local community agencies, organizations and volunteers.  Students will be required to analyze case studies, currently used mitigation plans and in implementing a mitigation plan for the recovery process.

Book: McEntire, David A., Disaster Response and Recovery, copyright 2007, 0-471-78974-7 [published by John Wiley & Sons]

 Course  Dates  Location
 WDB 712 Please check back for later times or call 417-447-8888 for customized training.  Online

18CEUs
Disaster Response

This course is designed to introduce the student in the process for coordinating a disaster response. Disasters occur daily locally and globally, as a result first responders are needed at these sites. In this course, students will be introduced to identifying the needs of the affected population, the role of the incident command system, various response problems and how first responders and emergency managers may overcome challenges.

Book: McEntire, David A., Disaster Response and Recovery, copyright 2007, 0-471-78974-7 [published by John Wiley & Sons]

 Course  Dates  Location
 WDB 711  Please check back for later times or call 417-447-8888 for customized training.  Online

18CEUs
Risk Assessment and Analysis

Natural processes and human activity have the capacity for generating hazards that can damage the built and the natural environment.  Hazards have inflicted damages totaling billions of dollars. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the fundamentals of risk assessments and hazards evaluation. This course introduces to the student the theory and economics of risk. The focus of this course is in two areas, the nature and types of risk and estimating loss potential associated with various exposures. The course will introduce and explain the concept of vulnerability assessment as the foundation for effective hazard mitigation.  The course will also introduce and explain various methodologies to carry out the process of risk vulnerability assessment.  

 Course  Dates  Location
 WDB 710 Please check back for later times or call 417-447-8888 for customized training.  Online

18CEUs
Understanding Terrorism and Political Violence

America today faces a growing threat from terrorism and other forms of political violence. To effectively anticipate, counter or respond to such danger, crisis and disaster managers require a basic understanding of these types of threats. This course provides students with an understanding of terrorist and extremist group motivation, tactics, and targeting trends. Students discuss terrorism and other forms of political violence and their effect on our national, state and local security, using case studies and class discussions to examine groups ranging from radical religious fundamentalists to environmental extremists along with other extreme special interest groups.

Book: Understanding Terrorism & Political Violence; Martin, Gus, Essentials of Terrorism: Concepts and Controversies, 2nd Edition; 978-1-4129-5313-9

 Course  Dates  Location
 WDB 709 Please check back for later times or call 417-447-8888 for customized training.  Online

18CEUs
Exercise Design and Evaluation

Exercises play a vital role in preparing our emergency personnel and first responders for potential crises and disasters.  The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the fundamentals of emergency management exercise design and evaluation.  In this course, students will be taught how to use a comprehensive exercise program to improve on the four phases of emergency management. Students will design an exercise, identify the logistics required for the exercise, and develop an evaluation plan.  Course instruction will follow guidelines established by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation.

 Course  Dates  Location
 WDB 708  Please check back for later times or call 417-447-8888 for customized training.  Online

18CEUs
Emergency Preparedness and Planning

In the last decade, a flurry of man-made and natural crisis disasters have had devastating consequences and have prompted the importance of emergency management planning from the national level down to local government levels.  Individuals who work with, manage, or otherwise interface directly or indirectly with emergency operations and services must have a solid foundation for understanding, analyzing and integrating possible disaster conditions and collected data. This course will introduce the emergency management students to the principals and practice of emergency preparedness and planning.  The class will review comprehensive assessments of existing emergency plans. The students will study the planning process to include hazards and resource assessments, vulnerability analysis, methodology of planning and preparedness, and public policy considerations.

 Course  Dates  Location
 WDB 707 Please check back for later times or call 417-447-8888 for customized training.  Online

18CEUs