Emergency Management

This course reviews both the need for and types of policies and event planning that an agency might find useful during times of emergencies.  Although individual departments have their own plans, they also must work with other departments and even with other agencies to adequately formulate broader plans for handling larger scale and more complex emergencies and situations.  Public works is often the primary player in major emergencies, clearing the roadways and snow or debris, so that other responders can perform their work.  Conducting practice training exercises, both in house and on a larger interagency scale, is common and can provide a familiarity with procedures to help make the necessary steps become more routine.  Assistance and financial support of these types of training are often available through state and federal programs and contacts/information is included to have ready when needed by your agency.  Past preparations and actions of both county and city agencies in handling floods, tornadoes, blizzards and ice storms in recent years provide a look at what has worked and what did not.  Learning from past experiences, communications, interagency coordination and collaboration are all vital to achieve the most effective and efficient response possible.

These skills are all developed by knowing:

  • The appropriate actions that are needed for an effective response
  • The order in which those actions are best taken
  • The availability of proper training for yourself and your staff  
  • The proper circumstances to include into your practice training exercises

Once completed participants should be able to:

  • Identify key points in your department’s emergency plan
  • Understand the differences and need for both municipal and area-wide plans
  • Recognize the four key objectives used in setting up a successful training exercise
  • Understand the planning, training and potential financial assistance available from Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management
  • Use successful techniques employed by other agencies during their natural disasters

Key Concepts:

  • Departmental policies provide a core for an overall plan
  • Public works is often integrated to into an interagency team
  • Familiarity with operational procedures means more efficiency
  • Training opportunities and financing may be available through Iowa Homeland Security

Offering format

On-line, independent study



Offering level (Basic, Intermediate, or Advanced)


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