Prepare for Your Future in Emergency, Security & Disaster Planning

Are you passionate about public safety and helping communities prepare for disasters?

Lakeland's Emergency Management Planning and Administration program is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge to succeed in this essential field.

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 Program Stands Out

This is Ohio's only community college program internationally accredited by IFSAC. We are endorsed by leading organizations like 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.

Our faculty is made up of career professionals with decades or real-world experience in the field.

Equip Yourself with In-Demand Skills

Lakeland's Emergency Management Planning and Administration program covers the four major umbrella areas of emergency management:

  • Mitigation
  • Preparation
  • Response
  • Recovery

This comprehensive approach ensures you're prepared to handle any situation, from natural disasters, to hazardous materials (haz mat) spills, to man-made emergencies.

  • Emergency preparedness: Develop plans to minimize the impact of disasters before they strike.
  • Hazardous materials: Learn safe handling procedures for hazardous materials, crucial for national incident management 
  • Business continuity training: Gain the skills to help businesses develop business continuity plans to minimize disruption during emergencies.
  • Emergency response training: Master the protocols for effective emergency response, including haz mat training
Flexible Learning Options

Our program caters to both those aspiring to enter the field as well as experienced professionals interested in further development and training.

We offer classes on campus and online for your convenience. Whether you're seeking our Associate of Applied Science Degree or professional development through our certificate program to enhance your career in homeland security or emergency response, Lakeland's program has you covered.

Ready to Take the Next Step?


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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