TORONTO, July 13, 2012 /CNW/ - Devastating natural disasters such as
last year's earthquake and tsunami in Japan, as well as tragedies such
as the Virginia Tech shootings in 2007, underscore the importance of
inter-professional emergency preparedness, communications, response and
recovery. Such logistical challenges have heightened the demand for
emergency-management professionals with highly focused academic
As part of its Emergency Management and Public Safety Institute (EMPSI),
Centennial College is building its complement of courses of interest to
individuals working in, or preparing for, careers related to emergency
response and management. New this fall are two specialized courses:
Managing and Operating a Virtual Emergency Operations Centre (VEOC),
and Exercise Program Management.
Managing a VEOC prepares practitioners to lead and participate in the
planning and operations of an emergency operations centre by making
effective use of technology and social media while responding to an
incident, as well as providing the necessary support to the site
management teams during scalable single or multi-site incidents. This
evening course delivers in a classroom and simultaneously via webcast
for distance learning.
Over a two-day weekend, the Exercise Program Management course prepares
participants to develop, implement and evaluate any requirements for
discussion-based exercises, specifically tabletop emergency exercises.
The course is comprised of classroom sessions and practical activities,
including a simulated exercise. Upon successful completion,
participants will receive provincial certification from Emergency
Management Ontario (EMO).
These part-time courses augment two existing courses already offered by
EMPSI: Basic Emergency Management and IMS 200 Basic Incident Management
System, both of which lead to provincial EMO certification.
For course details, call Ginette Soulieres, EMPSI Manager, 416-289-5000
ext. 8373, or visit www.centennialcollege.ca/empsi.
SOURCE Centennial College
For further information:
Media contact: Mark Toljagic, Communications Officer, Centennial College, 416-289-5000, ext. 7142 or firstname.lastname@example.org