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Integrating Homeland Security into Emergency Management Courses: Some Grounding Concepts and Some Suggested Materials and Approaches. Paula D. Gordon, Ph.D. An Expanded Version of a June 5, 2008 Presentation Given at the FEMA Higher Education Conference, Emmitsburg, Maryland
Paula D. Gordon, Ph.D.
An Expanded Version of a June 5, 2008 Presentation
Given at the FEMA Higher Education Conference,
As Modified July 12, 2009
The following excerpt underscores dimensions of the challenges before us:
"While protecting the lives and livelihoods of the American people demands that we work to prevent and disrupt terrorist attacks in the Homeland, it also requires that we undertake measures to deter the threat of terrorism, mitigate the Nation's vulnerabilities, and minimize the consequences of an attack or disaster should it occur. Our efforts include, among other things, protecting our population from infectious diseases and catastrophic public health threats, as well as reducing the effects and consequences of all hazards through improved systems to notify, alert, and warn the public."
In the National Strategy, the need to carry out and "advance readiness activities" is also emphasized in the following way:
"There are times when we are able to anticipate impending or emergent events that will require a national response, such as an upcoming hurricane season, a potential pandemic, or a period of heightened terrorist threat."
Similarities between this depiction
of the homeland security cycle
and the emergency management cycle
An All Hazards Emergency Management Cycle
Differing Levels of Severity
Applicability to an All-Hazards Approach to
comprehensive approach to preventing as well as preparing for and responding to potential terrorist-related events.
Identify & Characterize
Recovery & Restitution
Plus Mitigation &
For the Future
& Event Response
Situational Awareness & Assessment
When & If the Event is Foreseeable or
Imminent & When the Event Occurs Paula D. Gordon, Ph.D,
Modeled Loosely on an Adaptation of Todd Stewart’s Counter Terrorism Strategic Model
Public Safety 5,5
1,1 Homeland Security 1,9
The following are materials, websites, videos, and DVD’s that can be used in the development of courses and curricula focusing on an all-hazards approach to homeland security and emergency management. Complete references for these materials can be found in the “Extensive List of References and Resources” compiled by Paula D. Gordon and posted at http://gordonhomeland.com * or see http://users.rcn.com/pgordon/homeland/resources.html#13
* GordonHomeland.com (http://gordonhomeland.com ) includes articles, reports, publications, and presentations on homeland security and emergency management and organizational, managerial, ethical, and educational issues. The website has been developed by Paula D. Gordon and is provided as a free public service.
* For particularly significant insights into the massive challenges relating to catastrophic event planning, preparedness, mitigation, and response and the Federal approach to Hurricane Katrina
* For extraordinary insights into the background Federal homeland security efforts from after 9/11 through Hurricane Katrina
Return to Paula Gordon's Homeland Security Page