NASHVILLE, Tenn. (TSU News Service) – Thomas Graham recently graduated from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Emergency Management Basic Academy after completing the full curriculum that provided the basic knowledge and skills to help graduates meet the unpredictable challenges in the field of emergency management.
Graham, assistant director of Emergency Management at Tennessee State University, completed the five courses at the Academy that includes Foundations of Emergency Management; Science of Disaster; Planning: Emergency Operations; Exercise Design; and Public Information and Warning. Students are required fulfill a total of 167 hours of training. Graham completed the course Dec. 18, 2014.
Located at the Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, Md., the Academy offers students the tools to develop comprehensive foundational skills needed in emergency management. For those who are new to emergency management or for those who are transferring from another profession, the Academy also provides a unique opportunity to build camaraderie and establish professional contacts.
Students also learned to understand the roles, responsibilities and legal boundaries associated with emergency management. FEMA’s National Emergency Management Academy is the entry-point for individuals pursuing a career in emergency management. It’s the first phase of FEMA’s new Emergency Management Professional Program (EMPP).
The goal of the Basic Academy is to support the early careers of emergency managers through a training experience combining knowledge of all fundamental systems, concepts and practices of cutting-edge emergency management.
In July 2014, Graham was instrumental in helping the University obtain the StormReady designation. Presented by the National Weather Service, the designation states TSU had met all the “rigorous criteria” for a StormReady designation by developing an all-hazard safety plan and communications infrastructure, as well as actively promoted all hazardous weather safety through public awareness activities and training.
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