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Skip to 0 minutes and 13 secondsWhen emergencies strike, they often feel like a complete surprise to the general public. If it’s not your job to worry about emergencies, it’s really difficult to envisage the amount of planning and preparation

Skip to 0 minutes and 25 secondsthat goes into getting ready for them. For an Emergency Planner however, the response to and recovery from

Skip to 0 minutes and 32 secondsa major incident, is the final stage in a process that has often taken many years to complete, involving the work of hundreds or

Skip to 0 minutes and 40 secondseven thousands of people, as well as numerous organisations. Major incidents and emergencies are extremely diverse in nature.

Skip to 0 minutes and 50 secondsWhether it’s a natural disaster such as an earthquake or a socio-technical problem such as an industrial accident, a transport incident or even a malicious incident

Skip to 1 minute and 0 secondslike terrorism, it’s the role of an Emergency Planner to anticipate, plan for, prepare for, respond to and support the recovery from such

Skip to 1 minute and 10 secondsincidents. Imagine for example the work that needs to go into the

Skip to 1 minute and 15 secondsresponse to widespread flooding in the UK. In a matter of hours, emergency responders need to predict the severity, location and

Skip to 1 minute and 24 secondsduration of a flooding event. They need to communicate this to the local population and then potentially they need to find and evacuate thousands of people, many of them vulnerable. These

Skip to 1 minute and 36 secondspeople need immediate support for the basics of everyday life, be that food, shelter, a safe place to sleep or medical assistance. Transport networks disintegrate,

Skip to 1 minute and 47 secondsrailway lines and bridges can be swept away, roads become impassable, first with water and

Skip to 1 minute and 53 secondsthen with debris, but all the time essential rescue operations need to continue. Utilities such as gas, water, electricity and communications networks are disrupted, often for very long amounts of time. Schools close and businesses, both large and small, are unable to function, having an immediate impact on the economic life of those who depend upon them and this is just day one. What follows is weeks and even months of reparation, mending the

Skip to 2 minutes and 24 secondsshattered lives of people who become dependent for their every need. Within this module, we will investigate the range of

Skip to 2 minutes and 31 secondsplans and preparations that need to be put in place to manage major incidents, emergencies and

Skip to 2 minutes and 37 secondsdisasters. We’ll explore the governance and guidance that helps support the creation of these plans as well as some of

Skip to 2 minutes and 44 secondsthe best practice that feeds into emergency planning, wherever

Skip to 2 minutes and 47 secondsyou are in the world, whether you’re managing a small localised industrial accident or a national scale emergency incident. Starting from a position of risk and anticipation, we’ll explore legislation such as

Skip to 3 minutes and 0 secondsthe UK Civil Contingencies Act, comparing this to international statutory approaches. We’ll look

Skip to 3 minutes and 7 secondsat emergency planning from a cyclical perspective and will examine some of the models and theories

Skip to 3 minutes and 12 secondsfrom both academic and practitioner life, that inform emergency planning. By taking this analytical approach to

Skip to 3 minutes and 20 secondsemergency planning, this module moves Emergency Planners beyond

Skip to 3 minutes and 23 secondsa simplified understanding of the roles of the emergency services and takes us into the realms of how

Skip to 3 minutes and 29 secondsto construct effective, all hazards emergency plans. As such, at the

Skip to 3 minutes and 35 secondsend of this module, Emergency Planners will understand not only how to build emergency plans but

Skip to 3 minutes and 40 secondsalso to critique and then finally how to implement such arrangements.

Welcome to the course

For an emergency planner, the response to and recovery from an emergency incident is the final stage of a process that has often taken many years to prepare.

In this course you will be introduced to emergency planning and preparedness, identifying the relationship between the type of emergency and the plan. You will then explore the emergency planning cycle and discover how to design your own emergency plan.

In this video, Lead Educator Emma Parkinson welcomes you to this Coventry University Online taster course, describes the roles and requirements of an emergency planner and introduces you to the content that is covered during this course.

This short course is the introductory two-week course for a program in Emergency Planning and Preparedness, which forms part of MSc Emergency Management and Resilience online degree at Coventry University delivered on FutureLearn.


This week …

Through this week’s activities you will:

  • explore the terminology used to define emergency planning and preparedness

  • analyse the difference between an ‘effective’ and ‘ineffective’ response

  • discover the relationship between types of emergency and the required response


Meet the team

Image of Emma Parkinson, Lead Educator

Your Lead Educator on the course is Emma Parkinson, who is Senior Lecturer and Course Director for MSc Emergency Management and Resilience at Coventry University. She is an experienced emergency planner, specialising in crowd safety.

image of Michael Gilbert

Emma is joined by Michael Gilbert, who has extensive experience in the field of emergency preparedness and planning.

You can follow them by selecting the links to their FutureLearn profile pages and selecting ‘Follow’. That way, you’ll be able to see all the comments that they make.

Ambrose Cole and Dominique Duberry are the course Hosts and they will also be providing support during the course.

Checking your progress …

When you reach the end of a step and have understood everything, select the ‘Mark as complete’ button. This will update your progress page, and will help you to keep track of which steps you’ve done. Any steps you’ve completed will turn blue on your ‘To do’ list.

You can check your progress page by selecting the icon at the top of the step, where you’ll see what percentage of the course steps you’ve marked as complete.

Pre-course survey

Your feedback is really important to us. Please let us know more about your motivations for joining this course by completing FutureLearn’s short, optional pre-course survey. Your views will influence FutureLearn and Coventry University on how we can improve and support future versions of this course.


Your task

In the video, Emma shares her thoughts on why emergency planning is important. In the comments, introduce yourself and tell us why you are interested in learning more about emergency planning and preparedness.

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Introduction to Emergency Planning and Preparedness

Coventry University

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