PUBS212 Emergency Communications and Public Information
Department of Business, Innovation, and Legal Studies: Emergency Management
- I. Course Number and Title
- PUBS212 Emergency Communications and Public Information
- II. Number of Credits
- 3 credits
- III. Number of Instructional Minutes
- IV. Prerequisites
- PUBS206 (C or better) and FRSC202 (C or better)
- V. Other Pertinent Information
- This course meets the General Education Requirements for Technological Competency.
- This course may be completed through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) if the student has completed the following: IS-29 Public Information Officer Awareness (FEMA), IS-42 Social Media in Emergency Management (FEMA), IS-242 Effective Communication (FEMA), IS-247 Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (FEMA), and G-290 Public Information Officer Basic (FEMA/PIMA). NOTE: Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) can be used in place of G-290.
- VI. Catalog Course Description
- This course introduces the student to the principles of emergency communication and public information. Students learn how to develop emergency communications, develop and issue warnings, effectively use social media, and provide public information at emergency incidents.
- VII. Required Course Content and Direction
Course Learning GoalsStudents will:
- Analyze the theory and practice of crisis communication;
- Identify and describe the methodology for timely warnings and prepare a communication for different media;
- Demonstrate and evaluate the role of communication in hazardous materials incidents, man-made disasters, natural disasters, and technological disasters;
- Analyze the elements of effective crisis communications; and
- Evaluate the role of the public information officer in emergency and non-emergency events.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities
- Introduction, Course Outline, Student Responsibilities
- Theory and Practice of Crisis Communications
- Communicating In Disaster
- Social Media and Crisis Communications
- Crisis Communications for All Hazard Events
- Crisis Communication Planning
- Community and Public Warnings
- Communication Role in Emergency Response
Assessment Methods for Course Learning GoalsStudents satisfy the course learning goals via class discussions, written exams, assignments, papers, and/or performance based tasks and projects.
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:See course syllabus.
Review/Approval Date - 4/2017;Revised 11/2021