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National Emergency Management Advanced Academy

E0453 - Advanced III: Contemporary Issues in the Emergency Management Organization

Course Description

The goal of E0453 Advanced III: Contemporary Issues in the Emergency Management Organization, is to provide EM professionals with critical skills that are needed to be able to perform a key and successful role within the EM organization. In this context, the EM “organization” is the entire community of professionals with whom the emergency manager works during emergency planning, preparedness, response and recovery. This community includes immediate organizational staff, governmental peers and partners, and the network of public and private sector people and organizations that are engaged in supporting EM efforts. The goal of Advanced III is to provide students with the tools needed to be able to reach out to others to solve large, complex problems. Participants will be varied in their skills. For example, an individual may be highly skilled at community outreach, but poor at building organizational support. A goal of course 3 is to approach these capabilities as skills that can be developed, and these skills will be honed in the exercises.

The EM “organization” is redefined in Advanced III as including not just the members of one’s own agency, but also “anyone with whom one works during emergency planning and emergency response,” i.e., “one’s network of colleagues and the people served.” While every jurisdiction’s definition of its organization is going to be different, the core competencies of EM professionals are ways to explore the issues that are common to organizations. Public advocacy and cultural competence are also addressed in Advanced III.

Selection Criteria

Participants are only admitted to the four course Academy series through the annual Advanced Academy selection process conducted during the summer each year (see application and selection process).


Five or more years in an Emergency Management Leadership role or position.

Recommended: Applications will be evaluated based on recommended prerequisites to include:

  • At least five (5) years in an EM position
  • Project and working group in EM
  • Substantial continuing service commitment
  • Whole community representation

Course Length

5 days



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