MGT312 – 6.00 Hours

Currently there are no scheduled classes for this course. However, in some cases a course can be scheduled to meet your organization’s specific needs. For more information about this course or to schedule a class, please contact Emergency Services Training Institute at (866) 878-8900 or to get the latest schedule.

Course Description

This course provides a forum to discuss strategic and executive-level issues related to all-hazard disaster preparedness, to share proven strategies and best practices, and to enhance coordination among officials responsible for emergency response and recovery from a disaster.   This workshop integrates a multimedia scenario and vignettes that highlight key issues and facilitates executive-level discussion of the United States’ National Strategy for Homeland Security.  Additionally, the forum provides an opportunity to apply lessons learned from past local and national all-hazards disasters.

This course includes seven distinct modules incorporating lecture, discussion, and a practical exercise.  Each module focuses on a key component of disaster preparedness, such as Culture of Preparedness, Integrated Partnerships, Organizing for Success, Crisis Communications, etc.  Within the various modules are opportunities for group interaction and discussion.  The final module of the course is designed to provide the participants the opportunity to develop an action plan or to-do list for follow-up consideration and action.

The practical exercise consists of an expanding incident, designed specifically to address the local community’s needs or concerns.  Participants are provided information and periodic updates, after which they are given a list of questions to consider and discuss.  Through these updates, the incident builds upon itself until it reaches a mass casualty/catastrophic level, thereby overwhelming the normal capabilities of the local jurisdiction and challenging the participants to consider their local policies, resources, and limitations.

This workshop provides a unique opportunity for local or regional executives to share strategies and coordinate plans for emergency preparedness and response. This workshop is an effective process for discussing executive-level issues with leaders from the agencies involved in all levels of the emergency management structure.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Attendance Requirements

To meet attendance requirements, participants must review each training module and complete all required course assignments, activities, quizzes, and/or end of course exam.



  • Culture of Preparedness
  • Natural Versus Man-made Disasters
  • How Leaders Make a Difference
  • Leaders’ Roles and Responsibilities
  • National Response Framework
  • Integrated Partnerships
  • Federal, State, Local Government Roles and Responsibilities
  • Individual, Public, Private Sector Roles and Responsibilities
  • Minneapolis, MN Bridge Collapse
  • Preparedness Cycle
  • National Planning Scenarios
  • Incident Command System (ICS)
  • Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Functions
  • Mass Casualty/Catastrophic Event
  • Response
  • Crisis Communications
  • Recovery
  • Resiliency Planning
  • Private Sector Integration and Small Business Considerations
  • Mutual Aid Agreements
  • Critical Incident Stress Management
  • Volunteer Organizations
  • Public Health and Health Care
  • Fatalities Management
  • Legal Considerations
  • Reimbursement Practices

Suggested Audience

This is a management-level course designed for senior elected and appointed officials who might be called upon to make critical decisions during a natural or man-made catastrophe.  It may also include executives from other community entities, both public and private, that are likely to be involved in a disaster response, to include:

  • Directors of local response agencies
  • Department Heads/Chiefs from:
    • emergency management
    • fire
    • law
    • Emergency Medical Service (EMS)
    • Hazardous Materials (HazMat)
    • public works
    • water
    • public health
    • health care
    • governmental administrative disciplines/services
  • Public Information Officers (PIOs)
  • Resident federal agency representatives (FBI, BATF, Secret Service, FEMA, TSA)
  • CEOs of hospitals
  • College and university representatives
  • School district superintendents
  • Airport and port facility managers
  • Department of Defense (DoD) installation commanders and representatives
  • Stadium and sports facility managers and directors of security
  • NGOs and private-sector organizations
  • Owners/managers of high rise facilities

Continuing Education And Professional Credits

Note: Live Online Instructor-Led (webinar) courses are not eligible for TCOLE credit.

  • .60 IACET CEUs
  • Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE)
  • County Judges and Commissioners Association of Texas

Other Information

DHS/FEMA information

This workshop is fully funded through Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS/FEMA), comes at no direct cost to the jurisdiction, and is delivered at a time and place requested by the jurisdiction.

Class Size

  • 25 – 35 participants

All-Hazards Preparedness Executive Handbook

Participants receive a Local Officials All-Hazards Preparedness Executive Handbook. This reference book contains information on

  • all-hazards incident preparedness
  • the right questions to ask prior to an incident
  • working with the media during a crisis
  • the National Response Framework
  • Local Government Partner Guides
  • Emergency Support Functions (ESF) and support annexes
  • the Stafford Act
  • Federal Support in Non-Stafford Act events
  • DoD support to Domestic Incidents

Government Programs

  • GSA contract number: GS-07F-0357V. GSA customers, to register please contact or call (866) 878-8900. GSA Schedule logo
  • For DHS/FEMA Funded Courses, please contact or call (866) 878-8900

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