Security & Disaster Planning

Emergency management is often used interchangeably with "homeland security" or "disaster planning." Recent events show an increase in natural disasters, terrorist incidents and other devastating events. This has prompted many local, state, and federal agencies to revamp administrative structures, response procedures and improve communications.

Lakeland's emergency management planning & administration program covers what is known as "all-hazards." Students will become skilled in reducing public vulnerability to natural, technological, and intentional disasters.

The program's core courses are now completely online. Students may complete other courses such as English, social science at Lakeland or pre-approved courses at another college to transfer to Lakeland toward an Associate of Applied Science degree. Students can also choose the certificate option.

Students exploring emergency management may also be interested to learn more about Lakeland's fire science technology program.

Benefits of the Program

The Lakeland Advantage:

  • Lakeland is the only community college in Ohio with international accreditation through the IFSAC
  • The program is endorsed by FEMA, the Ohio Department of Public Safety, the Lake County, Ashtabula County and Geauga County Departments of Emergency Services, and the Greater Cleveland Chapter of the American Red Cross
  • Lakeland was the first college in Ohio to offer an associate degree program in emergency management


Layce Artman I graduated with my associate degree from Lakeland while at the same time graduating as Valedictorian from high school. I plan to attend the Holden University Center to complete my bachelor's degree in criminal justice. Layce Artman College Credit Plus

Michelle Timms One thing I really love about Lakeland and being in the honors program is that the teachers have small classes and they are very devoted to their students. My friends at four-year institutions are taking the same intro classes that I am, but in large lecture halls with a lot more students. Michelle Timms Associate of Arts

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