July 31, 2007
The University of Maine at Fort Kent will offer a new on-line course on Disaster Management, as part of its Rural Public Safety program, during the fall 2007 semester.
The class will run from Wednesday, September 5 through Thursday, December 20, and is available to individuals with a computer and internet connection. Students will gain fundamental knowledge and hands-on skills in disaster management.
The course will stress the critical importance of prior planning for disasters of any sort, especially in rural America and have a workable plan ready when the event does occur. Emphasis also will be placed on the importance of periodic practice and updating of the information within the plan.
Vernon Ouellette, Director of the Aroostook County Emergency Management Agency, is the instructor. “First time on-line, PSA 410 Disaster Management is scheduled for fall 2007. This course will stress the critical importance of prior planning for disasters of any sort, especially in rural America and having a workable plan ready when the event does occur, if ever, in any jurisdiction,” said Ouellette. “Emphasis also will be placed on the importance of periodic practice and updating of the information within the plan.”
The topics Ouellette will cover include, emergency planning, hazardous materials, incident management and incident command systems, community preparedness, response and recovery activities, hazard mitigation, and terrorism preparedness. Students also will have the opportunity to earn certificates through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) website for individualized study and as a course project.
The course is intended for those currently in municipal management, emergency services and related public safety sectors, as well as university students. The on-line format will enable those working full-time to take the class.
“This kind of course and having it delivered on-line goes along with the mission of the University,” said Dr. Tony Enerva, Public Safety Administration and Criminal Justice faculty at UMFK. “We are serving the needs of front-line staff and managers, as well as our students, with the various training opportunities we have offered recently.”
Dr. Enerva mentioned other courses offered on the UMFK campus and via ITV; the upcoming GIS for Public Safety course in the spring of 2008 and the Law Enforcement Pre Service course. Those interested in learning more about the course or other courses offered may visit: www.umfk.maine.edu/academics/programs/psa/.
Disaster Management is a three-credit course and the cost will follow regular tuition rates. To register, please contact the registrar’s office at 207- 834-7520.