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1 Emergency Management Institute 11 th Annual FEMA EM Hi-Ed Conference Higher Education Program Overview Framing the Future June 2-5, 2008 B. Wayne Blanchard, Ph.D., CEM (301) ,

2 2008 EM Hi-Ed Conference Participation n n 316 Enrolled Participants 250/ Dorm Rooms 240/2007 Largest Event EMI Last Five Years n n Approximately 50 EM Students 30/2007 n n 125 U.S. Colleges and Universities 122/2007 n n 9 Foreign Colleges and Universities 5/2007 n n 43 States & District of Columbia 41/2007 2

3 Background Context for EM HiEd Project – Late 1994-Early 1995 n n Reaction to Criticisms and Weaknesses: Hugo, Andrew, Loma Prieta Inadequate Level of Professionalism Within Emergency Management n n New Hazards: Y2K, Terrorism, Technologies, Illnesses, Climate? n n Increasing Intensity/Frequency for Some Hazards (e.g., Flooding) n n Growing Vulnerability and Losses – Double to Triple Per Decade n n Baby Boomer EM Generation Nearing Retirement n n New EMI Superintendent and New Associate FEMA Director: EMI to Focus on Functional Training Seek to Leverage Institutions of HiEd – Focus on Education

4 Problems Facing Today’s Emergency Management Profession n n Population Growth – More People at Risk n n Threat of Communicable Disease n n New Technologies/Unfamiliar Vulnerabilities n n Population Migration to High-Risk Areas n n Rise in International Terrorism n n Unwise Land Use Development n n Climate Change n n Less Than Fully-Successful Recent Experience 4

5 U.S. Disaster Losses n n “The costs of natural disaster have been increasing exponentially, largely due to increases in population and wealth density in disaster- prone areas…Even when accounting for the exponential rise in GDP over the last four decades, the costs of natural disasters have tripled.” (Integrated Risk Information System, 2002) Federal Disaster Relief as a Percentage of GDP Fiscal Year %

6 Enduring Issues that Require Special Consideration n n Disasters Remain a Growth Business— Disaster Losses Continue to Increase n n Professionalization within the National Emergency Management System 6

7 Mission: EM Hi-Ed Program Mission: n n Nation’s leading focal-point for EM-Hi-Ed; n n Contribute to EM professionalization via educational efforts; and n n Contribute to a more resilient nation via cadre of new 21 st Century Hi-Ed EMs

8 EM Hi-Ed Program Vision n n A future where EM has undergone transformational professionalization through EM Hi-Ed: Learning from social and natural science literature; Inclusion of experiential learning in Hi-Ed; and Drawing upon governmental material in EM Hi-Ed. n n And though EM training programs more informed by social science hazards, disasters and emergency management literature.

9 EM Hi-Ed Goals n n Provide federal leadership for progressive growth of EM Hi-Ed community. n n Contribute to growth of EM academic Discipline. n n Support FEMA Vision, Mission, New FEMA Policy and Transformation Goals. n n Support FEMA/NPD mission overseeing coordination and development of strategies necessary to prepare the Nation for all-hazards. n n Establish/maintain partnerships with stakeholder organizations, e.g., IAEM. n n …..

10 FEMA EM Hi-Ed Program n n In 1994 FEMA Sought to Transition EMI’s Educational Mission to Institutes of Higher Education n n EM Higher Education Has Grown from One Bachelor’s Program in 1994 to Over 150 Programs Nationwide Today 10

11 Emergency Management College Programs by Year UNT-- RIT-- TESC-- Wisc-- UC-- Berk-- Project – Begins UNT - Univ. of No. Texas RIT – Rochester Inst. Of Tech. TESC – Thomas Edison State College WISC – Univ. of WI – Madison

12 Map of US Showing Status of EM College Programs by State Emer. Mgmt. Program in Place = Proposed Emer. Mgmt. Program =No Program = Related Emer. Mgmt. Program =

13 EM Hi-Ed In 2008 n n Continued Growth in EM Hi-Ed Programs Approximately a Dozen a Year n n About 10K Students Enrolled in EM Hi-Ed n n About 30K Students Take EM Hi-Ed Courses n n Existing Programs Continue to Grow “Since I came to Tech three years ago the department has more than doubled by any measure; number of majors, number of course hours taken by majors, or number of classes offered. This growth is directly related to the increasing demand for appropriately educated emergency management professionals….” (Ed Leachman, Emergency Management News, ATU EAM Program, October 2007.) UNT Has Produced 800 BA’s in EMPD since 1983

14 NYT Article About EM Hi-Ed Programs “Tammy N. Karlgaard, a regional emergency management planner for a commission in Chesapeake, Va., said that she had many opportunities when she began looking for a job two years ago.” (Whitaker, Barbara. "Ready for Anything (That's Their Job)." New York Times, 9Sep07)

15 Exciting Developments 2008 n n Hosted EM Stakeholders who Formulated 1 st Consensus Emergency Management Principles n n IAEM Actively Promoting EMI & EM Hi-Ed Congressional Testimony – IAEM Pres. Gispert n n Congressional Interest n n FEMA NPD Interest and Support -- $$$? n n IAEM Student Region XII Largest IAEM Region Fastest Growing Region as Well! 1 st IAEM Student Region Newsletter Published 15

16 February 12, 2008 – The Responder n n “Having been a student, although a long time ago, I still remember the struggles of trying to earn a minimal living and go to school at the same time. I also know that you worry about whether you will be able to obtain a job in your selected career field. You are fortunate that the Emergency Management career field is ever expanding. Many local governments are taking a more serious view of the need for competent emergency managers. The real growth will occur in the private sector as many companies realize that they also need to pay attention to the principles of emergency management. What I offer you is encouragement to keep on trucking and working hard to complete your education.” (IAEM President Larry Gispert)

17 Exciting Developments 2008 n n EM Experiential Learning in Action: “All the lessons they have learned in the classroom became very real for students Wednesday in [ATU’s] Emergency Administration and Management (EAM) program when they participated in tornado damage relief efforts in Atkins. Approximately 30 Tech EAM students reported to the Wilson J. Matthews Civic Center in Atkins at 6 a.m. Wednesday to help local authorities conduct preliminary damage assessments following a tornado that affected more than 40 homes and took the lives of at least three residents in the Pope County community Tuesday night.” (The Courier, 7Feb08)

18 Exciting Developments 2008 n n New Course Development Projects Catastrophe Readiness and Response Principles of Emergency Management ICS/NIMS Course Development n n New Course Treatments Comparative Emergency Management by Damon Coppola Floodplain Management Principles and Current Practice by James M. Wright n n Two Book Projects Completed Case Studies In Crisis and Emergency Management EM Hi-Ed Conference Papers – EM Hi-Ed/PERI Partnership n n Three Courses Contracted for Revision: Business and Industry Crisis Management The Political and policy Basis of EM Public Administration and EM n n New Sections Added to EM Hi-Ed Program Website Historical Interest Section – Emergency Management Materials “Tab” Principles of Emergency Management Students Corner Added to Website

19 New EM Hi-Ed Program Web “Tab” EM Hi-Ed Students Corner n n The EADP Program at University of North Texas was the best decision I made both professionally and personally. The program combined both theoretical training as well as practical. The EADP Program is one of the oldest programs for Emergency Management Professionals in the country. When I graduated I did not start out on the bottom of the job market; I got my first position with a regional government in Texas. Two years later I became an Assistant Emergency Management Coordinator for one of the wealthiest cities in America. Personally the people I hung out with in class are the people I compete against for employment. Which is a plus when you go to a conference and it’s a class reunion. I did not realize it at the time but I was pre-networked into my field before I ever graduated. n n ~Amy M. Lackey, Class of 03 ‘

20 Exciting Developments 2008 n n 2008 Body of Knowledge EM Educators Survey n n 2008 State of Collegiate EM Survey n n Hi-Ed Conference – PERI Book! n n 1 st Year Contract for EM Hi-Ed Conf. Support! n n All-time High Subscription to EM Hi-Ed Report n n Part-Time Stay-In-School Position – Converted to PFT

21 Looking Towards the Future: n n Developed “Strategic Plan” – At: EM Hi-Ed Brochure n n 15 New Course Development Projects Proposed 5 Yrs Three in FY 2009 n n Proposed Revision of all 22 Upper Div/Grad Courses n n Expansion of EM Hi-Ed Programs at AD Level n n Working to Open More EMI Opportunities for Students n n Integration of EM Hi-Ed into EMI Training Courses n n EM HiEd Budget and Staff Increase? 21

22 12 th Annual FEMA All-Hazards Emergency Management Hi-Ed Conference n n June 2-5, 2009 n n Thank You For Attending, and n n Enjoy the Conference! n n Oh, And… 22

23 Thank You Thanks to the EM Student Volunteers Here Today!


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