Emergency Management

About the COM Emergency Management Program

The Emergency Management Program offers two certificates and an Associate of Applied Science degree. The program prepares individuals as entry-level emergency management specialists to coordinate disaster response, develop and deliver emergency preparedness training, and prepare plans for all hazards.

Instructors with years of education and experience teach the COM Emergency Management Program. Courses include live classroom and online learning environments, guest speakers, projects and activities. As part of the program, students will have the opportunity to earn additional credentials from FEMA. Degree students will complete either a practicum or capstone.

About the Career

From hurricanes to homeland security threats, oil spills to outbreaks, the Texas Gulf Coast experiences a variety of incidents, disasters and hazards. The COM Emergency Management Program develops educated professionals trained to prepare for, respond to, recover from and mitigate potential or actual emergencies.

Career Opportunities

Position Salary
Emergency Management Specialist $52,500

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, median salary (not entry-level salary)

Career Outlook

The Texas Workforce Commission projects growth in emergency management careers of 19.7 percent between 2012-2022.

Careers in emergency management may be found with:

  • Municipal, county, state and federal governments
  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Petrochemical plants
  • Ports, airlines and railroads
  • Utility companies
  • Nonprofit organizations

How to Begin

  1. Apply to COM at www.com.edu/apply. Submit documentation including high school or college transcripts, proof of Texas residency and meningitis vaccination records if you are under 22.
  2. If you are a first-time college student, attend a New Student Orientation to register for classes. Students with credit from another college meet with an advisor to register.

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