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Decision Making and Problem Solving
Independent Study November 2005

FEMA

TABLE OF CONTENTS Page Course Overview......................................................................................................................... 1 Unit 1: Course Introduction Introduction ................................................................................................................................ 1.1 Decisions in Emergency Management ...................................................................................... 1.1 Case Study 1.1—Sebring County .............................................................................................. 1.2 Decision Points .......................................................................................................................... 1.3 What’s at Stake?........................................................................................................................ 1.3 About This Course ..................................................................................................................... 1.4 Activities and Exercises ............................................................................................................. 1.5 Job Aids ..................................................................................................................................... 1.5 Knowledge Checks .................................................................................................................... 1.5 Appendix .................................................................................................................................... 1.5 Course Objectives...................................................................................................................... 1.6 How Will You Benefit? ............................................................................................................... 1.6 How to Complete This Course ................................................................................................... 1.7 Sample Learning Schedule........................................................................................................ 1.8 Goal Setting ............................................................................................................................... 1.9 Activity: Personal Learning Goals ........................................................................................... 1.10 Summary and Transition.......................................................................................................... 1.11 Unit 2: The Decision-Making Process Introduction ................................................................................................................................ 2.1 Problem Solving vs. Decision Making........................................................................................ 2.1 Where Does the Process Begin?............................................................................................... 2.2 Case Study 2.1—Mandatory or Voluntary Evacuation?............................................................. 2.2 The Starting Point ...................................................................................................................... 2.4 Recent Changes to Emergency Planning Requirements........................................................... 2.6 Problem-Solving Model............................................................................................................ 2.12 Step 1: Identify the Problem.................................................................................................... 2.13 Step 2: Explore Alternatives.................................................................................................... 2.16 Case Study 2.2—What Are Your Options?.............................................................................. 2.16 Step 3: Select an...
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