Emergency Management


Become a leader in Emergency Services! 

Help your community prepare for, mitigate and recover from natural and man-made disasters. At ECSU, we offer a Bachelor of Science degree in Emergency Management. Graduates will leave the program with the well-rounded expertise needed to see the big picture, manage risks, and take action before and after disaster strikes.

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.


We provide innovative and effective emergency management education!


  • Students of EM will be prepared to engage with communities and organizations to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies and disasters of all categories.
  • Students will be trained to be able to merge academic theory and real-world approaches to produce cutting edge solutions to age old problems of emergencies and disasters.
  • Students will be equipped to seek rewarding careers in a variety of applications where community/organizational safety involves successful mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery operations.


Emergency managment is a diverse and dynamic field involving many capacities: 

  • Emergency Manager
  • Law Enforcement
  • EMS
  • Fire Safety
  • Military
  • Business and Industry Leadership
  • Coast Guard


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
E-mail: kdkupietz@ecsu.edu