A concentration in disaster preparedness and management will teach you how to help prepare communities for disaster. You will also learn how to respond to suffering and rehabilitate communities that are damaged by natural and man-made disasters. Disaster planning includes working with volunteers, handling special events, evacuation, mass fatalities, planning for schools, and homeland security planning. This concentration explores the problems and concerns of victims and communities and the implications of disaster recovery efforts. You will also study how to use effective communication in a crisis, including public relations and handling the media and press.
SOCI 555 (2cr) - Emergency Planning
Principles of emergency planning used in any type of disaster. Includes working with volunteers, handling special events, evacuation, mass fatalities, planning for schools, and homeland security planning. Includes the use of related FEMA-provided modules. Prerequisite: SOCI 408 or 508; SOWK 408.
COMM 535 (2cr) - Crisis Communication
Understanding communication during crisis conditions. Planning, preventing, and anticipating Public Relations emergencies. Preparing a crisis communication's plan including internal and external consulting factors. Implementing Public Relations activities including understanding and handling the media and the press, explaining technical information, communicating about risks and responding to warnings. Notification priorities and protocols. Developing information centers, methods and tools for disseminating information during emergencies.
SOCI 549 (2cr) - Disaster Response & Emergency Operations
Study of the phases of disaster response and recovery with attention to local, state and national roles and expectations. Models of emergency management operations including communication, coordination, and chief executive decision making under conditions of disaster response will be emphasized. Attention will be given to the problems and concerns of recovery of victims and communities and the implications of disaster recovery efforts. Includes the use of related FEMA-provided modules.
SOCI 578 (3cr) - Principles & Practice of Hazards Mitigation
Study of preparedness as related to hazards in the local community with attention to means of mitigation as well as planning measures. Includes IS modules IS 271 Anticipating Hazardous Weather & Community Risk and IS 240 Hazardous Materials Prevention. Includes the use of related FEMA-provided modules.
SOCI 514 (2-3cr) - Migrant and Refugee Issues
This course will study fundamental theories and concepts regarding voluntary migration (migrant issues) and forced migration (refugee issues). It will also address the main political, social, economic and environmental push and pull factors that influence immigration and emigration within the framework of globalization.