Disaster Management

The Disaster Management and Relief Program at Ohio Christian University is designed to train students to build, sustain, and improve their capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, and recover from all hazards, natural & man-made.

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Ohio Christian University Accepted as a Provisional IAEM Student Chapter

Ohio Christian University's Disaster Management Program is the newest student chapter of the International Association of Emergency Managers, IAEM.  Program Director, Thad Hicks stated, "This 9 month process culminated during the annual Conference in San Antonio this week when OCU's Disaster Management Program was awarded provisional membership."  This provisional status is very important for the program at OCU.  Hicks added, "It is very difficult for a program to make it through this entire process and get everything in place without major problems, and OCU has done this."  Being an official IAEM student chapter places a great deal of attention on the Disaster Management program here at the University.    

The IAEM student chapters originally begun as the International Emergency Management Student Association (IEMSA) created by students interested in advancing the field of Emergency Management through the experience of practical education and the promotion of academic standards.  It formed in response to a strong need for an international association for students seeking degrees in the field of emergency management. IAEM became that link between emergency management students around the world.  IAEM recognized the important contributions emergency management students and students in other emergency service related programs were making towards the continued evolution and growth of the emergency management profession and acknowledged that they literally represented the future of the emergency management profession.

 There are a number of benefits to starting an IAEM Student Chapter at OCU including: 

  1. Access to the largest network of top emergency management experts who can offer solutions, guidance and assistance. Access to multiple geographic regions.
  2. The IAEM Bulletin & The Responder: Members-only monthly newsletters that are sources for emergency management news and information including federal and legislative news, professional resources and employment opportunities
  3. Conferences and workshops to enhance networking and inform members about legislative issues. Our Annual Conference and Exhibit offers networking and information on current emergency management issues. Our Mid-Year Workshop is held in the Washington, DC-area and focuses on IAEM committee work and federal legislative issues. Regional conferences give members the chance to exchange information with colleagues closer to home.
  4. Certification in the only recognized program for emergency managers. The Certified Emergency Manager and Associate Emergency Manager programs can enhance your career and salary, raise and maintain professional standards and certifies achievements of emergency professionals. Member discount when applying for certification.
  5. IAEM-SC Programs at Annual Conference: Special programs geared for students at annual conferences.
  6. Professional recognition of individuals through an annual awards program.
  7. Facebook, YouTube & Twitter make it easy to follow the activities and news of the IAEM-Student Council.
  8. Alliances with a network of related associations and organizations to further the profession and its members.
  9. Scholarship Program to further the education of students studying the field of emergency management. The Student Council holds regular fundraisers to support the scholarship program.

OCU's IAEM Student Chapter is already at work making plans to bring the concepts of Emergency and Disaster Management to the community surrounding OCU.  The requirements to move from provisional to full status will be met by the end of November due to the work of the OCU Chapter Officers.  Without these officers this process would have never happened.  A special thanks to OCU IAEM Officers, President Christy Galvan, Vice-President Travis Campbell, Secretary Kendra Dixon, and Treasurer Joshua Whightsel. 

For more information on the Disaster Program at OCU see the links below.