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Emergency Management

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The need for Emergency Preparedness increases as our population grows and our exposure to natural, technological, and terrorist disasters increase. The ability to perform in a disaster requires skills in emergency operations and management. Through the Associate Degree in Emergency Preparedness Technology at Durham Technical Community College, individuals will be trained in the skills necessary for mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.

The task of the emergency management technician is to use a variety of resources, techniques, and skills to reduce the probability and impact of extreme events. When a disaster does occur, he or she will assist in providing a quick restoration of routine to the community. How well a community or an organization prepares for and deals with disasters, can affect the lives of its citizens as well as the economic viability of the entire community.

Professionals in Emergency Preparedness Technology may be employed at the federal, state, or local government level. They work to minimize the effects of disasters to the public through prevention, education, planning, and response. Emergency Preparedness professionals must have skills in communication, problem-solving, and critical thinking, when interacting with individuals in situations of great stress and crisis.

The Emergency Preparedness Technology curriculum is designed to provide students with a foundation of technical and professional knowledge needed for emergency services delivery in local and state government agencies. Study involves both management and technical aspects of law enforcement, fire protection, emergency medical services, and emergency planning.

Course work includes classroom and laboratory exercises to introduce the student to various aspects of emergency preparedness, protection, and enforcement. Students will learn technical and administrative skills such as investigative principles, hazardous materials, codes, standards, emergency agency operations, and finance.

Employment opportunities include ambulance services, fire/rescue agencies, law enforcement agencies, fire marshal offices, industrial firms, educational institutions, emergency management offices, and other government agencies. Employed persons should have opportunities for skilled and supervisory-level positions.

The Associate in Applied Science degree may be completed in five semesters. The new Business Continuity certificate gives you the tools to continue business as usual in the face of disaster and may be completed in one semester.