The Disaster Management Program Honored by the International Association of Emergency Managers, IAEM
The Disaster Management program at Ohio Christian University was recently honored by the International Association of Emergency Managers, IAEM for its work in adding almost 40 new members. The International Association of Emergency Managers, which has more than 5,000 members worldwide, is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting the "Principles of Emergency Management" and representing those professionals whose goals are saving lives and protecting property and the environment during emergencies and disasters. The official honor received from IAEM states that OCU has led not only the nation but leads internationally in new member recruitment. The Disaster Management director Thad Hicks stated, “There is a real value in membership with this organization. IAEM brings together emergency managers and disaster response professionals from all levels of government, the military, private sector and non-profit organizations worldwide.” Hicks added, “Just today, a student brought an email to me about an internship possibility in Washington D.C. they had received from IAEM.”
When the program was designed, membership with IAEM was recognized as a vital part of the program at OCU. This is often the student’s first step towards their certification as an Certified Emergency Manager.” Hicks added, “Many employers now list the Certified Emergency Manager certification as a job requirement when posting open positions for emergency managers.” It is an industry standard that professionals in this field strive for. According to the official IAEM website, “Those with a CEM have the knowledge, skills and ability to effectively manage a comprehensive emergency management program.” In addition, they will possess a working knowledge of all the basic tenets of emergency management, including mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. The program at OCU is designed to place students on track to complete almost all of the requirements toward their certification. If the student takes full advantage of the opportunities offered within the Disaster Management program at OCU they will have around 70% of the requirements done upon graduation.
When asked what this meant for the Disaster Management Program at OCU, Hicks said, “It continues to show that we are doing big things here at OCU, and the whole world is now taking notice.”