Emergency management day for October 20th in the WIU-Macomb

October 13, 2021

MACOMB / MOLINE, IL – Emergency management director employment is projected to increase six percent over the next nine years, about as fast as the average for all bureau labor statistics professions.

Western Illinois University’s Emergency Management (EM) program is hosting an Emergency Management Day for prospective students on Wednesday October 20 to learn more about the study program at WIU’s School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration (LEJA). The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Tanner Hall car park, next to the WIU Emergency Operations Center, on the Macomb campus. The event offers participants the opportunity to experience search and rescue techniques for all dangers, as well as survival techniques, at first hand, while at the same time learning more about the coveted, well-paid and critical profession.

The EM degree course at WIU was founded in 2006 in response to the need for highly qualified and trained emergency management personnel to deal with disasters. WIU’s emergency management curriculum, the only program within the state certified by the Illinois Board of Higher Education, has a fully-functioning Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on-site and is the only program in the country that is supported by FEMA established standards. WIU’s business continuity management program is the first four-year program in Illinois to offer a BS degree specifically in business continuity management.

The WIU program was completely revised in 2020 to better meet the needs of students within the program and their careers after graduation. Majors at WIU benefit from hands-on training and numerous other learning opportunities as a result of a collaborative partnership between the WIU’s GIS Center, the School of LEJA and the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Executive Institute (ILETSBEI) based at WIU.

“We have reviewed and revised the program as there is a growing and expanding number of emergencies and disasters around the world and therefore an increasing need for professional and skilled workers,” said Jill Myers, Director of the School of LEJA. “The redesigned program offers a strategic / operational path for job seekers in disaster management and a tactical path for job seekers in first-aid organizations.”

Myers added that WIU’s Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management is unique in that it meets all of the standards set by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other organizations and initiatives related to emergency management. The curriculum complies with FEMA approved accreditation requirements; Search and Rescue Services (SAR) accreditation requirements; Army 525 and Air Force 10-2051 training expectations required for civil contractors; FBI, CIA, and DEA competencies; Knowledge of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and modern technologies, including GIS, drones, next-generation 911 technology, digital transformation and comprehensive data systems to provide a scientific understanding and response to natural disasters, Earth systems, climate and weather Promote and at the same time encourage collaboration with experts in homeland security, law enforcement and fire science.

Prospective students attending the Emergency Management Day on October 20 are also entitled to an automatic WIU visitor grant of USD 1,000 to attend the event. Register at wiu.edu/coehs/leja/emergencymanagementday.php.

Further information on the emergency management program at WIU can be found at wiu.edu/academics/em.

Written by: WIU-Nachrichten ([email protected])
University Relations Office