JSU Newswire
Jacksonville, Alabama

Mission, Goals and Services
of JSU's IEP

By Jamie Crane
JSU News Bureau

JACKSONVILLE -- October 9, 2001 -- According to its mission, "The Institute for Emergency Preparedness will conduct scholarly research with effective education to promote comprehensive emergency management that promotes public safety, enhances the quality of life and reduces property loss."

The three goals of the IEP are Education, Research,and Service.

In the fall of 1999, JSU began offering a master's program in the field. The undergraduate program began the following year. This fall, over 100 students enrolled in the graduate program and almost 180 enrolled in the undergraduate program. There are only four programs offered across the country, and the only comprehensive on- line program is offered by JSU.

JSU's on-line programs are available to students in 38 states, as well as Canada, Dominica, and the Camen Islands. These courses are also convenient for those students who can't seem to fit class into his or her schedule.

Toni Doss, telecommunicator for the Libertyville Police Department in Illinois stated, " If it weren't for JSU, I would not be able to continue my education. I am a single mother and work full time. I have rotating days off and never have a straight schedule. Being able to work on my time and not someone else's is the best thing that could have happened for me."

The IEP staff includes four full-time faculty members--Barry Cox, David Neal, Brenda Phillips, and Joanne McGlown, and six adjunct faculty members. Three of the members from the faculty team will be teaching Introduction to Disaster Management, which will be offered this spring.

Research is another important factor for the IEP. Members of the faculty team have conducted research for up to 25 years. The four phases of researching are preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation.

Researching these topics and viewing photographs of disasters will be convenient for JSU students at the Emergency Prepared Applied Research Center. Brenda Phillips is working to finish the center which will be located on the second floor of Curtiss Hall. It will contain articles from 40 years of research.

The final aspect is service. Service projects performed by the IEP include sending a research journal to over 30 different nations and building better schools in South America, Central America, and the Carribbean with the objective to reduce the number of fatalities during disaster.

During the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., the team worked in conjunction with President Bill Meehan's office to prepare the JSU community in case disaster struck.

For more information about IEP, you may send questions to iep@jsu.edu.


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