In the aftermath of the attacks on 9/11 and with the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, the field of Emergency Management has evolved into a full professional career. The field has received even more attention with a wave of ongoing natural disasters that continue to plague both the United States and heavily populated areas around the world. Emergency Management professionals play roles in mitigating, preparing for, responding to and recovering from emergencies and disasters. The overriding goals of these activities deal with saving lives and protecting property and the environment.
To get the job done, an individual will be charged with coordinating disaster response or crisis management activities, providing disaster preparedness training, and preparing emergency plans and procedures for natural (e.g., hurricanes, floods, earthquakes), wartime (terrorist attacks), or technological (e.g., nuclear power plant emergencies, hazardous materials spills) disasters, hostage situations or civil unrest.
Why minor in Emergency management?
The minor in Emergency Management allows a student to focus part of their Criminal justice program on a specific area. This may be beneficial in obtaining your first professional experience while at the same time you obtain a broader perspective of the entire criminal justice system by pursuing your degree in Criminal Justice.
Where do Emergency Management professionals work?
Although news reports of emergencies tend to highlight officers from the uniformed services like police officers and firemen, emergency management professionals work across a number of different public sectors and even have their own departments in large urban cities like New York City. Additionally, many relief organizations, hospitals and other large institutions are now employing people with these credentials.
What are the additional requirements for a minor in Emergency Management?
In addition to all other Criminal Justice degree requirements, the Emergency Management requires successful completion of 21 credits in Emergency Management related courses.
This must consist of:
▪ Seven required Emergency Management Minor courses 21 credits