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FS 261 Incident Management II • 3 Cr.


Studies incident management processes for emergency response at the disaster management level. Students discuss advanced command structure and components, pre-incident planning, and application of management processes to a variety of large-scale emergency situations. Prerequisite: FS 210.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Specify and describe the variety of hazards that exist
  • Recognize the need for a structure within which to manage emergency related activities.
  • Define common emergency terms and distinguish between Emergency and DisasterVulnerability and Risk, and Emergency management and civil defense
  • Indicate the potential and actual hazards in their own communities and understand how hazards at the State, regional, and national level may affect their communities.
  • Identify the need for development and periodic updating of a hazard analysis at the community level.
  • Explain the four phases of the emergency management process –
    • Mitigation
    • Preparedness
    • Response
    • Recovery
  • Describe the evolution of emergency management and civil defense and distinguish between the two functions.
  • Explain the roles of individuals and organizations at the local, state, and federal government levels as they relate to one another in emergency management.
  • Identify the primary functions of an EOC/ECC.
  • Discuss the advantages of a centralized, formally designated operations center facility.
  • Analyze the importance of managing the information and message flow during an actual emergency situation.
  • Set up a facility as an expedient operations center when no formal facility is available.
  • Explain the value of teamwork in the emergency management process.
  • Compare interactions within an emergency management team with interactions within other teams and develop generalizations about similarities and differences.
  • Identify and explain the characteristics of an emergency management team and describe team goals and objectives, time constraints, and criteria for effectiveness.
  • Explain how the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and the Incident Command System (ICS) augment teamwork during a disaster.
  • Identify the functional groups within the emergency management team and identify the roles of team members.
  • Draw conclusions about individual behavior and its effect on the nature of group interactions and achievement of group goals.
  • Describe the positive aspects of conflict in an emergency management team and methods for resolving differences in a useful manner.
  • Describe and apply the key elements of an Emergency Operations Plan by:
    • reviewing the philosophy that underlies the planning process and formal plan
    • applying state and federal guidelines to assess the adequacy of an existing plan, and
    • defining the actions to be taken to improve plan short comings.
  • Define the interrelationship among local, state, and federal agencies in the emergency management process.
  • Recognize activities that comprise the four phases of emergency management using an integrated approach.

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Bellevue College
3000 Landerholm Circle SE Bellevue, WA 98007-6484 U.S.A.
Work: (425) 564-1000