Emergency Response Program

Program Purpose
The purpose of this Emergency Response program is to equip individuals with the necessary knowledge, skills, and competencies to effectively respond to and manage emergencies, crises, and disasters. The program aims to train professionals who can lead, coordinate, and execute emergency response efforts across various contexts and situations.

Program Focus Area
1. Emergency preparedness and planning
2. Risk assessment and management
3. Crisis Communication and coordination
4. Decision making in emergencies.
5. Community engagement and resilience
6. Interagency collaboration and partnerships
7. Psychosocial support and mental health

Program Curriculum
The program consists of five certificate courses constituting 5 credit units in summation and one capstone project/ demonstration 1 credit unit, each of the courses are standalone and are developed based on the realities of the industry. This allows participants to get the opportunity to be competent at each certification level and be industry prepared. The program aims to equip students with a comprehensive understanding of project management concepts and skills essential for successful project delivery.
1. Foundations of emergency response; Comprehensive overview of the field, importance of proactiveness, basic emergency response protocols, and dynamics of emergencies and disasters. (1 credit)
2. Emergency preparedness and planning: Participants learn how to prepare for and mitigate impact of emergencies and crises, emergency response plan, resource allocation and coordination strategies. (1 credit)
3. Crisis communication and coordination: this certificate delves into communication strategies amidst crises and emergency situations, it consists of information dissemination, media interactions and public messaging. (1 credits)
4. Medical emergency: this focuses on basic life support, first aid, triage methodologies, cardiac event, respiratory distress, trauma and acute medical conditions (1 credit)
5. Fire Safety and response: This course covers fire prevention measures, evacuation procedures, fire extinguisher use, evacuation drills and fire response plan. (1 credit)
6. Demonstration/ Capstone project: Participant will have the opportunity to either do a demonstration or a mini dissertation to apply learned skills to manage a real emergency.

Program Duration
The program is a 5 credits certificate course and 1 credit Demonstration/ dissertation. Below is a breakdown of the structure and duration of each certificate course based on their credits.

Certificate Credits Activities Hours
5 Credites Course materials, assigned materials, recommended text.Textbook Reading Assignments: 25 pages per hour estimated.Recommended videos.Case studies, Report, Quiz, Essays, Course reflections.Evaluation/Assessment 50 Hours
10 Credits Stimulated on-job collaboration / Mini dissertation 10 Hours

Program Learning Objectives
1. Develop a comprehensive understanding of emergency management principles, theories, and frameworks.
2. Demonstrate proficiency in crafting and delivering clear, concise, and timely communication during emergencies to diverse stakeholders.
3. Design and implement robust emergency response plans, incorporating risk assessment, resource allocation, and coordination strategies.
4. Acquire leadership skills to make informed decisions, manage resources, and lead teams effectively in high-stress scenarios.
5. Identify, assess, and mitigate potential risks and vulnerabilities within communities or organizations to minimize the impact of emergencies.
6. Foster collaboration among various agencies, organizations, and community groups for a coordinated and efficient emergency response.
7. Apply ethical and legal principles in emergency response efforts, ensuring compliance with regulations and ethical standards.

Program Learning Outcomes
1. Create, implement, and evaluate effective emergency response plans tailored to diverse scenarios and stakeholders.
2. Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively during emergencies, disseminating critical information to various audiences and media platforms.
3. Exhibit leadership qualities to make informed decisions, manage resources, and lead teams confidently in high-stress emergency situations.
4. Identify, analyze, and mitigate risks, vulnerabilities, and hazards to minimize their impact on communities or organizations.
5. Collaborate effectively among multiple agencies, organizations, and community groups to ensure a cohesive and coordinated response.

Program Grading & Evaluation
The program follows the Hommaston’s standard of grading. See below our program assessment evaluation.

Score Grade Descriptive
85% - 100% A Commendable (C) Outstanding performance/ appreciable use of initiative in delivery
75% - 84% B Satisfactory (S) High performance with minor supervision
60% - 74% C Good (G) Above average performance capacity
50%- 59% D Average (A)/Fair Has acquired baseline knowledge to perform.
45%-49 E Fair
45%- below F Failed

Program Faculty
The faculty for the Emergency response program consists of seasoned and industry-experienced facilitators who bring a wealth of practical knowledge and expertise to the classroom. Each faculty member possesses extensive professional experience in the discipline. These dedicated instructors combine their academic qualifications with real-world experience, allowing them to offer valuable insights into industry best practices, current trends, and emerging methodologies. They bring case studies, hands-on experiences, and practical scenarios into the classroom, enriching the learning process and bridging the gap between theory and application.

QAHE rogrammatic accreditation valid period:
From : 15 Dec 2023
To : 14 Dec 2025