The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Higher Education Program hosted a focus group from September 11-12, 2012 at the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) to help explore characteristics of the emergency management discipline such as its disciplinary purview and a set of basic research questions. The focus group had two days of robust discussion and debate that resulted in group consensus on the disciplinary purview of emergency management, disciplinary responsibilities related to education and research, and other topics. Despite the diverse experience of the participants, the group achieved remarkable consensus regarding all of the topics discussed.
The following short report the results of the group’s meeting as well as progress made by the group toward the stated objectives. The report also shares the plans to present their ideas and rationale to the wider emergency management higher education community through the development and wide distribution of a white paper and then a presentation at the 2013 FEMA Higher Education Conference.