Emergency Management Specialist (SEM)
Our Emergency Management Specialist certification covers:
Emergency Management Specialist (SEM)
An emergency can be anything that injures or has the potential to injure your employees, the environment, or your facility itself. Emergencies take the form of accidents, HAZMAT spills, fires, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, terrorism, earthquake, and virtually any other event that may injure people, the environment, or property. You may be prepared to apply your resources to emergencies that involve your facility but are you prepared for emergencies that require resources beyond those of your company? Are you prepared for emergencies that affect your entire area or community?
Many facility safety professionals are unaware of the various other agencies and resources that are available in the event of an emergency or disaster. Therefore, they are unprepared to take advantage of the assistance available or to deal with the government and private agencies involved. This is illustrated by a safety professional who developed an elaborate site specific emergency response plan, and trained and equipped his emergency response team only to have his first incident degenerate into chaos and confusion as his plan collapsed. When a petroleum spill occurred and the local fire, police, and EMS departments, the local fire marshal, the state fire marshal, state EPA, state OSHA, and the US Coast Guard all showed up, he was surprised and unprepared. When he was later told that these agencies should be a part of his emergency plans and that an Integrated Emergency Management System and Incident Command System was available that would make the arrival and deployment of these outside agencies nearly seamless, he realized his mistake. He had planned in a vacuum by planning as if an emergency would only involve his company's personnel and resources.
Managing emergencies on behalf of your facility may involve interaction with a multitude of government agencies. Some are there to help you with a vast array of equipment, expertise, and funds. Others are there to enforce laws and regulations. Regardless of their function and motivation you must be prepared to work with them. These agencies include local city, county, state and federal agencies, as well as a multitude of private, nonprofit corporations. There is a wealth of assistance available to you, your employees, and your facility from these resources.
The primary purpose of this course is to introduce you to a broader scope of emergency management in order to make you aware of the resources available to you and your employees, and to help prepare you to be a good corporate citizen in planning and dealing with emergencies in your community. The required amount of time to complete the course is dependent upon your knowledge of workplace safety, but we find that the average completion time is approximately 16 hours. You have up to six months to complete the course.
The course includes five modules:
1.Emergency Preparedness 2.Emergency Program Management 3.The Incident Command System 4.Disaster Assistance 5.Emergency Response to Terrorist
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will understand roles of the employer and local, state and federal agencies in emergency and disaster response, understand and apply the four phases of emergency management, learn the guiding principles of a successful, comprehensive emergency management program, become aware of terrorism and understand the incident command system utilized during an emergency response.
The student will take a comprehensive online exam at the end of the course. You must score 80% to receive certification. You have three opportunities to pass the exam.
A refresher course and exam will be required every three (3) years. The cost of this recertification is $150.
Through the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, 1.6 CEUs are offered for this course. If you are interested in receiving CEUs for this course, upon successful completion of the exam, please either download the form and instructions here or obtain the form and instructions from a Member Services Representative by calling 800-922-2219 or clicking here.