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Disaster Response and Recovery

A required course in the Specialized Studies Program in Emergency Management and Disaster Recovery.

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to uncover the principles that promote effective disaster response and recovery operations after disasters. To achieve this goal, the course will examine the nature of disasters as well as the roles and responsibilities of various actors involved in emergency management. The course will review popular myths and realities regarding human behavior in catastrophic events in addition to divergent approaches for disaster management. The importance of addressing the needs of the affected population will be discussed, and will include recommendations to fulfill a variety of important functions (e.g. implementing the emergency operations plan, warning, evacuation, search and rescue, emergency medical care/mass casualties, mass fatalities, sheltering and mass care, donations management, damage assessment, the disaster declaration process, media relations/public information, individual and public assistance, and critical incident stress debriefing). Various problems associated with response and recovery operations will be identified (e.g. inadequate preparedness measures, safety and site security, politics, communications, coordination and record keeping, etc.). The role of technology and the importance of communications and coordination will be emphasized along with the incident command system, emergency operations centers, the National Incident Management System and the National Response Plan. Each student will be expected to gain a solid comprehension of common post-disaster problems and how first responders and the emergency manager may overcome those challenges now and in the future.

  • Details
  • $725
  • September 26, 2022 to December 04, 2022
  • Delivery Mode: Online
  • Reg#: 00176
  • ID/Units: SOCECOL X498.87  (3.00)
    ( Section 1 )
  • Quarter: Fall 2022


Todd De Voe, currently is the Director of Emergency Management at Titan HST and is the host of the leading emergency management podcast show “EM Weekly.” Todd’s involvement in Emergency Response, Emergency Management, Education and Volunteer Management began in 1989 when he became a volunteer firefighter in Upstate New York. In 1991, Todd joined the United States Navy and became a Hospital Corpsman assigned to the Fleet Marine Force. After his service, Todd served as an emergency medical responder (EMT) in some of the most challenging neighborhoods of Los Angeles County. Todd received his B.S. in Public Administration from the University of La Verne, and his Masters of Public Administration from the California State University at Fullerton. Todd has served as Emergency Services Coordinator for the City of Dana Point, and was invited to join a steering committee for Coastline Community College that developed their emergency management program; shortly after, Todd accepted a faculty position at Coastline Community College. In addition, Todd is the instructor of Emergency Management at California State University Fullerton for the MPA program, as well as being an active member of the International Association of Emergency Managers and is the a member of the Region 9 Board of Directors. Todd is a servant leader at heart and is very involved in the community. Todd has served as a Parks Commissioner for the City of Whittier, served on the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross Rio Hondo Chapter, served on the Board of Directors Irvine Chamber of Commerce, served on the Advisory Board of the Whittier First Day Homeless Transitional Program, and served on the Board of Directors for the Organized Communities and Emergency Volunteers Association, currently Todd is serving as a member Team Rubicon USA Region IX, and is a special project advisor for the Warrior Built Foundation.

Textbook Information

Textbooks for your course may be purchased from any vendor or bookseller of your choice.

Required Textbook(s):

Book - ISBN: 9781118673027
David A. McEntire, 2 ed, Wiley

Meeting Schedule

EventDateDayStart TimeEnd TimeLocationRoom
START09/26/2022Monday------Online (Access Begins)---
END12/04/2022Sunday------Online (Access Ends)---