This course provides theory and application of both computer and internet-based programs in emergency management, including the use of various emergency modeling programs. The course will also introduce you to potential applications of information technology to the field of emergency management in general. My intent with this course is to provide a basic understanding and, when possible, hands-on experience with these technologies. The emphasis is on understanding and application, rather than technical ability.
The applications and technologies we will utilize and discuss are pertinent to emergency management, firefighting, law enforcement, emergency medical services, public health, hazardous materials and natural disaster response, and/or homeland security. Some will even be pertinent to your personal life. Topics covered in this course will include use of geographic information systems (GIS), digital hazard modeling, alert and warning systems, communications technologies, web-based situational awareness programs, and social media.
Many of you at some point in your life will be involved in managing or supporting others in some kind of emergency or disaster situation, whether on a professional, family or individual basis. This course will help you to better understand the roles that technology can play in facilitating emergency and disaster preparation, mitigation, response and recovery. By mastering the materials in this course, you will gain valuable skills to assist you in better managing emergencies and disasters.