New Program-Emergency Management



Come to ECSU to discover the world of Emergency Management!


 Leave equipped to conquer threats facing your community!

The ECSU Emergency Management Program is currently pending approval  by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

The ECSU Emergency Management program is for service minded individuals that seek a rewarding experience in helping others during their worst time of need.   Those involved in the field of Emergency Management have the exciting opportunity to help others in times of crisis, saving lives and property.  But emergency management also extends beyond responding to crisis events.  Those involved in emergency management assist others in recovering from life altering incidents, and perhaps most importantly, they prevent emergencies from ever having taken place.  

Emergency Management is the function charged with reducing the vulnerability of a community or organization from emergencies and disasters.  Effective emergency management involves mitigating away risks and threats of danger; preparing for those emergencies and disasters that cannot be avoided; responding properly to those incidents that do occur; and providing efficient recovery operations that return disaster afflicted communities and organizations back to a sense of normalcy. The practitioner of Emergency Management strives to reduce property loss and save lives, thereby improving the quality of life for the customers they serve.

 Nationally and globally, governments and organizations are increasingly recognizing the need for emergency management and the staggering effects that emergencies of all kind have on lives, property, and communities.  The World Health Organization (WHO) reports an annual 160 million persons affected by, and more than 90,000 killed, as a result of natural disasters alone.  Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) notes that after a disaster  more than 40% of affected businesses fail to reopen, and of those that do reopen, less than 29% continue to be in business two years later.  Communities and organizations alike are in need of properly trained individuals, capable of forward thinking, informed decision-making, to ensure emergencies and disasters do not weaken the quality of life.


The Emergency Management field is a very diverse field of multiple disciplines all working together to make communities safer and more resilient. The ECSU EM program will strive to maintain ready access to its programs and education to a diverse population of disciplines, professions, cultures, genders, ideologies and other differences in order to provide the widest array of ideas, talents and skills possible to help ensure success in the field saving property and lives to advance society.

 The ECSU EM program will offer students a world class EM educational experience with affordable and efficiency being key terms looking at four-year graduation rates that will not only arm the student with the academic theories and ideology of the field but also many of the stackable trade credentials needed to obtain employment in the field to promote student success in the classroom as well as the field.

 FEMA (2017) fact sheet states that for every dollar spent for mitigating disasters an average savings of four dollars in recovery dollars to communities/organizations will be realized.  The ECSU Emergency Management intends to help area communities prosper by graduating students instilled with the forward thinking of continuity of operations that ensure area stability and economic success.

All emergencies and disasters are local in nature effecting the community first and last. ECSU EM students will be armed with knowledge skill to conduct public education and promote community unity needed for communities to survive emergencies and disasters with as little loss as possible. 


Who are courses in Emergency Management for?

Emergency Management is a diverse and dynamic field involving many capacities.  Positions as Emergency Manager  have flourished in recent years as communities and organizations have come to recognize the value that an Emergency Manager represents.  But Emergency Management is also highly relevant training to those seeking careers in law enforcement, EMS, fire safety, the military, and the Coast Guard—all key partners in emergency management.     

The ECSU Emergency Management program works hard with other University programs to bring emergency management knowledge and concepts to other professions and fields of study, as educators, business managers, engineers, health practitioners and others, may all benefit through knowledge of key concepts in emergency management.   If you would like to know how an EM education made relevant to your profession can make you more marketable, come talk to us and let us give you some ideas on how EM classes or an EM minor can help you, help your community.

 The ECSU Emergency Management program endeavors to provide students with the skills and knowledge required to transfer the theories and ideas of academia into real world solutions for their communities, to reduce economic losses, protect life/limb and improve the quality of life of all in the community.  If you want a rewarding and exciting career in helping others, come see us to learn how you can join in the fight to better the world, one emergency at a time.



Kevin Kupietz, Program Coordinator

Assistant Professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences
332  Willie and Jacqueline Gilchrist Education and Psychology Complex
Campus Box 851
Phone: (252) 335-3971
Fax: (252) 335-3331


FEMA Student Identification Number (SID)

NC Training Exercise & Registration Management System (NCTERMS)

FEMA Independent Study Classes

Bureau of Labor statistics for EM jobs

USA Employment Opportunities

State of North Carolina Employment Opportunities