Example of a Standard

Standard 5. Laws and Authorities -- Students apply the laws, codes, regulations, standards, and practices that protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public.


a)  Student work MUST demonstrate understanding of applicable legislation, regulations, directives, policies, and industry codes of practice for the county in which the school is located. Examples of laws and authorities applicable to the United States include, but are not limited to the following:

  • The Stafford Act, as amended;
  • National Incident Management System (NIMS):
  • National Response Framework;
  • Homeland Security Presidential Directives
  • Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act; and
  • NFPA 1600 Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs (2010)
  • DRI International, Professional Practices

b)   Student work MUST demonstrate the appropriate application of legislation, regulations, directives, policies, and industry codes of practice for the country in which the school is located.

Guidance: Use the indicators to determine whether the standard is met. Program inputs and outcomes are evaluated to determine compliance with the standard. Review the curriculum to determine where these topics are covered. Review syllabi, project descriptions, handouts, and blank exams in conjunction with applicable student work. Do not focus on the work of individual students, but look at the student work as a whole. In other words, take a broad view and seek the preponderance of evidence.

If the standard is met, student work will demonstrate an understanding and proper application of the applicable laws, codes, regulations, and standards. The expectation is not that students know all them, but the majority of student work should reflect compliance with comprehensive emergency management principles, Homeland Security or other codes. Document reviews and interviews with students will assist in determining how the information is covered and whether such topics are an integrated part of the overall program.