Resource Management

Date: August 12 – September 8, 2013
Instructor: Dr. Hank Christen

The primary objective of this course is to develop a basic undersatnding of the planning, preparation and implementation of a resource management system to support the logistics needs of a disaster, attack, or major community emergency. The simplified definition of a disaster is when a community, jurisdiction, or region exhausts its immediate reosurces creating a resource-scarce environment. In the 21st century we have expienrced an escalation of threats (natural, technological, and manmade) that challenges our communities and social systems. The Gulf Coast oil spill was a disaster because it was a dynamic and
unpredictable threat that challenged the resource and incident management capabilities of local/state governments and private sector entities. The structure of this course is based on the National Incident Management System (NIMS) as prsecribed by Homeland Security Presidential Directive 5 (HSPD-5). It is critical that rural, suburban, urban, and regional entities plan and prepare to allocate, manage, and track resources in coordination and collaboration with state and federal agencies. Those issues and plans for development will be addressed during this course.

Topics addressed during this course include:

  • Introduction and developmen t of a commutnyi htreat assessment for natural, technological and manmade incidents.
  • Overview of the logistics and resource needs in a disaster and the structure and function of the logistics section in the NIMS including communications, resource requirements, and communications failure protocols.
  • Real world examples of the cultural divide that can exist between those in the fields of homeland security and emergency management and examples of public sector efforts that have bridged such a divide and integrated a focus on public safety with a concern for homeland and national security
  • Organization, implementation and sustainment of a NIMS Preparedness Entity for resource planning and management.
  • Effective establishment and operation o fa NIMS Multi-agency coordination System (MACS) to provide resources for tactical emergency operations.
  • A final course project requires the developement of a resoucre and incident management plan for the Gulf oil spill.

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