Full course description

The course is designed to introduce those taking the course to a wide array of accompanying issues and concerns relevant to homeland security and emergency management in a post 9/11, post Katrina world. Some specific areas that will be addressed during the course include the following:

1. The cultural divide between homeland security and emergency management that has evolved since 9/11 and that has become even more apparent in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and the role this cultural divide has played before and after Hurricane Katrina;

2. The post-Katrina efforts on the part of DHS to embrace an all-hazards approach to homeland security and emergency management; an approach that includes attention to potentially catastrophic events;

3. Recent natural disasters including Hurricane Ike and its aftermath;

4. The need to refocus efforts on prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery, and continuity of operations in a way that will help ensure theĀ· reliability, resilience, stability, and continuity of critical infrastructure;

5. In light of the wide range of challenges and threats facing the nation, the need to include an emphasis on the development of disaster resistant communities and regions, including disaster resistant infrastructure within those communities and regions and within the nation as a whole ; and

6. Organizational culture and intergovernmental challenges involving public sector efforts to address homeland security and emergency management challenges.