This course is an introduction to the strides made by federal, state, and local governments to educate the public about natural disasters. It provides a scope of preparedness to prevent the inherent discontinuity of citizens lives caused by major disasters. The course presents theories, principles, and approaches to emergency management. The philosophy of Comprehensive Emergency Management will be discussed with four attendant steps, which include mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. The role, duties, and importance of the Emergency Manager will also be discussed.