The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) recently celebrated its 20th year of facilitating emergency management education at universities nationwide.
Part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the EMI holds an annual symposium on emergency management for higher education programs. The symposiums are open to representatives of schools that already have emergency management, homeland security or disaster preparedness programs in place, as well as those interested in working with FEMA to start a program.
More than 282 colleges and universities currently have emergency management programs in place with nine offering doctoral programs.
EMI's 16th higher education symposium, held in June, drew more than 300 participants. In addition to attending workshops and planning sessions, they heard presentations by Kay Goss and Dr. Wayne Blanchard, founders of the EMI program.
They also could attend a condensed version of FEMA's Integrating Emergency Management Education Into Your Institution course, where they learned how emergency managemnt programs are created in an educational setting, as well as about issues that occur during the process of implementing such programs
The EMI's 17th Emergency Management Higher Education Program Symposium will be held June 1-4, 2015.