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Published August 31, 2011, 06:31 PM

NDSU at the forefront of emergency management education

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - From the floods in North Dakota to Hurricane Irene on the East Coast, FEMA and Emergency Managers are busier than ever.

From the floods in North Dakota to Hurricane Irene on the East Coast, FEMA and Emergency Managers are busier than ever. And for a long time, one local school has been leading the way in teaching disaster control.

NDSU continues to be at the forefront of emergency management in higher education. And now, for the fifth consecutive year, some of its professors are being published in a journal given to top FEMA officials. The Journal, "Challenges of Emergency Management in Higher Education: Planning and Strategies" features chapters from four NDSU professors. NDSU was the first university to offer a doctoral program just more than two years ago.

Several professors like Jessica Jensen are in direct contact with FEMA on a routine basis, advising them on how to handle this year's onslaught of Natural Disasters.

Jessica Jensen – NDSU Department of Emergency Management: “Every single person is touched by disasters today in one way or another. And any knowledge individuals can gain about how communities experience disasters, how they can respond to them and recover from them will be an asset to their careers.”

NDSU currently has more than 30 students in its Masters and Doctoral Emergency Management program. NDSU graduated the first five Emergency Management PHDs in the world in 2009.

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