Assessment Description
The International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) is a nonprofit, educational organization whose members include local, state, and federal emergency managers, homeland security officials, and nonprofit and volunteer practitioners. IAEM has two certified emergency manager (CEM) credentialing programs to certify achievements within the profession and raise and maintain professional standards in emergency management.

Certification as either a certified emergency manager or associate emergency manager includes requirements for education, training, references, experience, and a management essay and multiple-choice certification test.

If you desire to pursue CEM certification, this assignment will help you prepare for this future certification process.

For this assignment, you will write a simulated emergency management essay for CEM certification about threat/hazard in the "Anytown USA." simulation.


Revisit your analysis of “Anytown USA” that you completed in Topic 1. Use the highest threat/hazard you listed on the threat/hazard matrix. For this scenario, imagine this extreme threat/hazard that you listed has hit the chemical plant in Anytown USA. As the emergency manager of Anytown, you are assigned the task of preparing a written response to the mayor.


Using the scenario above, answer the prompts in an essay (1,000-1,250 words), citing relevant emergency management sources to defend your claims. The essay includes six sections. Complete each section as specified below:

Describe the problem.
Describe the objective.
Describe the necessary actions.
Describe the intended outcomes.
Describe the human resources available.
Describe the material and financial resources.
Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is required.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite. A link to the LopesWrite technical support articles is located in Class Resources if you need assistance.

Benchmark Information:

This benchmark assignment assesses the following programmatic competencies:

MS Leadership in Homeland Security and Emergency Management

4.1: Create strategic plans for areas impacted by large scale emergencies or disasters.

Week 1:

Threats and Hazards

Kathy Kliebenstein
Grand Canyon University
Rob Kronenberger
August 31, 2023

Threats and Hazards: Anytown 2023

Identifying and training for potential emergencies is key to being engaged and aware that disasters can strike at any time. Being cognizant of prior disasters that have taken place in your city is imperative to mitigate unnecessary complications during a natural disaster, or self-propelled by an individual(s). Knowing the highest threat of a natural disaster that has historically caused, death, delays in communication, and transportation is a high-ranking focus.

Highest level of threat: Natural disaster
One of the highest and most concerning threats to Anytown would be the threat of flooding. Historically this city has a flood every 7-10 years. One area that gets hit the hardest with the most collateral at stake is the suburban area of the city. They suffered more damage in the city in 2003 with the flood. The bridge was also flooded in 2003 causing traveling delays from certain locations to the city. The areas of concern to be aware of even though there has not been any previous issues would be the power station. If this area was flooded, there could be significant of massive wide power outrages. The police station has a helicopter pad on its rooftop landing zone. This could be incredibly useful if someone becomes stranded and an air evacuation is needed. The water plant does not seem to be in a path of critical concern. The nuclear plant can serve for a staging area for injuries that may occur from being trapped by debris in the efforts of trying to evacuate a flooding area. There are multiple areas in the nuclear plant that have a minimum of two RN’s onsite. The train tracks became impassible due to an ice storm. There is very little concern about the locomotive having any issues.
The second concern will be a loss of power if the power lines were damaged in a 1997 tornado that came through the town. A second tornado that came through in 2000 also damaged many power lines left the city without power for 24 hours. Power was then resumed.
The lowest threat in this town is an active shooter in the school. The has been no previous history of any school shootings. There are currently 1200 students, 25 special needs, 50 faculty, and 30 staff members. Bringing the potential target number to 1305. There are also 5 security guards onsite of the school. The hospital, which is directly across the street has an ER and security department. The PD is located approximately 2 minutes from the school. The helicopter is on standby in case there is a need for a rooftop SWAT entry. The fire department is located across the street with one active ambulance with a medic, with the chance that they may not be available if they are on a call.

What can possibly occur?
The largest threat to the city is flooding, which has caused the most damage in the suburbs. There were no fatalities. However, there was significant structural damage, which was repaired. The other concern would be if the flood waters crested far over the levels of the river than historically stated. The largest concern would be a loss of communication throughout the city if the power station was flooded. In addition, they lose power to the city. The next concern would be the water plant. If the power goes out for the city this could also affect the systems that keep the water safe for consumption of the city as well. Communication would need to take place between inter-department agencies and government agencies via handheld radios and cell phones.
Recommendations to the Mayor
The largest barrier to be prepared for is the loss of communication. To avoid this, the protocol would be to have a city-wide alert that would go out via alert systems to cell phones, and social media platforms, and to into immediate action to the EM and the ICS team to have each leader on opposite sides of the city giving report to agencies in order to relay all pertinent information to civilians. The next step is to have a lead who distributes hand-held radios to each person’s said department. Having the high school gym as evacuation evacuation-safe place along with the stadium. Back up generators to confirm that they are up and running, giving reports to one centralized location. Having standardized training that would commence each year to role play with inter-department and local government agencies on how efficiently the teams perform in a high-stress debrief to gather and find the weak areas to restructure what is needed to improve all evacuation locations.

C40 Knowledge: How to reduce risk of flooding in your area: Implementation Guides: Author(s): C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group: C40 Knowledge Hub: November 2021:




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