Emergencies test the decision-making skills of all leaders. This course will help you build emergency decision-making skills by helping you understand the specific pressures on emergency decision-making. You will also learn about creating a structured decision-making process and recognizing your own individual decision-making style, as well as the styles of those around you.

This course is part of the Emergency Preparedness Leadership Series. It is meant to stand alone, but you may also take it together with courses on Managing Change and Risk Communication to receive a certificate in Emergency Preparedness Leadership.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the factors affecting decision-making in emergency preparedness
  • Create an effective decision-making strategy for emergency situations
  • Identify ways to improve decision-making in emergency situations

Intended Audience

State, local, and tribal public health professionals working in emergency preparedness or emergency management


Susan Allan, MD, JD, MPH, University of Washington School of Public Health


This course will take one hour to complete.


This course consists of instructional videos, a quiz, and discussion questions.


This training is being delivered in a 508-compliant interface. During development of this training, we attempted to make the content accessible to individuals using screen readers. If you encounter trouble accessing the instructional materials by screen reader, or need any other accommodations in order to access the instructional materials, please contact NWCPHP, and we will do our best to make sure the content is accessible to you.


This series is based on a previous training developed in partnership with the University of Oklahoma's Southwest Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (PERLC) and offered in spring 2015. Ann Chou, PhD, MPH, and Aaron Wendeloe, PhD, developed key content for that training.

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September 30, 2016
Emergency Preparedness & Disasters
Leadership & Management
Self-Paced Course
1 hour
Emergency Preparedness Leadership
Competency Domains: 
Analytical/Assessment Skills
Communication Skills
Cultural Competency Skills
Financial Planning and Management Skills