Purdue University Homeland Security and Emergency Management Program Paper

Purdue University Homeland Security and Emergency Management Program Paper

Purdue University Homeland Security and Emergency Management Program Paper


Using the information, you have learned in the Homeland Security and Emergency Management program, write a paper that addresses the topic of decision-making, accountability, and blame management.

Specifically your paper should include the following:

  1. Select a local crisis incident that illustrates these three key concepts and summarize the scenario. The incident may be from your hometown or nearby local jurisdiction.
  2. Discuss in detail how this local level crisis incident illustrates the concepts of decision-making, accountability, and blame management. Use the course material to support your analysis.
  3. Conclude with a discussion as to how the local crisis may have been handled better in terms of the decisions that were made, who was held accountable and the management of the blame. What are the larger lessons learned from this local event for the homeland security and emergency management professional?

Write a minimum 1650 words paper Word format. Use the American Psychological Association (APA) style (7th ed.) for writing your assignment.

You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.

Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.

Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.

The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.