This course will examine various issues and topics in relation to the response to emergencies as well as the creation of emergency plans. Topics covered will include it, preparedness/mitigation, response, recovery & continuity. This course will not only touch on the occupational aspect of emergencies but will touch on the public health impact emergencies may have. Various tools such as case studies & exercises and tests will be used to evaluate and apply learnings from this course.
This module will focus on identifying the specific hazards and risks specific to a situation or place and analyzing these risks. Furthermore, you will learn about the possible contributors that affect the overall probability and impact of said hazards & risks.
Once a risk or hazard is identified in a workplace or community, the prevention and mitigation of them must be evaluated. In this module, the focus will be the various prevention and mitigation strategies necessary to halt or reduce the impact a hazard may have.
With identified risks and mitigation strategies, comes the foundation of emergency management - Preparedness. The need for training, exercises, information communication and other strategies will allow one to ensure they prepared for the necessary responses in an emergency or disaster situation.
An incident management system allows for organization and some flexibility. It insures communication, action plans, & unity of command to name a few components. As emergencies are unpredictable and can change in their course while happening, it is imperative to have an incident management system that is structured and controlled.
With variable severity of emergencies and disasters, their impact can be contained yet in some instances widespread. This module will focus on the various impacts to the community and environment that may come from such emergencies, which may include source water contamination, air pollution etc.
With every emergency, comes a close… The recovery is an important component in ensuring continuity for the business or community. Learning from mistakes is critical; one must address them and stop them from reoccurring. Recovery process may include revaluation of the emergency response plan and prevention strategies altogether.