Online Class: Disaster Preparedness 101

Taking this course will help you prepare a fully functional disaster preparedness plan--one that includes packing lists, a communication plan, a financial plan, and even a technology plan.

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Course Description

Are you ready to face a disaster? Have you ever wondered what you would do when the big one hit? What disasters do you face where you live, and what actions do you take when they happen? These are just a few questions to ask yourself to know if you are prepared for a disaster. In this disaster preparedness course, you will gain valuable insight and knowledge of what YOU can do to not only prepare yourself but also all your family members to survive and be ready for a disaster. The course will guide you through the basic steps all the way through getting an emergency kit together to preparing you for financially and technologically.  By taking this course, you will gain insight into what things you really need, but also items that can make sheltering easier on everyone, including your pets. For those with special needs, the course also provides unique insights on how to prepare for family members with accessibility concerns and how you can make sure they are taken care of during the disaster.

Taking this course will help you prepare a fully functional disaster preparedness plan--one that includes packing lists, a communication plan, a financial plan, and even a technology plan. If you live in areas where tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, or other disasters are common, this is the course for you. In addition, this course will cover topics that help you understand what the benefits a safe room can provide for your safety. Even for those not in these areas, this course still provides insight into what to do for man-made disasters such as terrorist attacks, chemical spills, and fires. Don't wait until disaster strikes, strike first and get prepared.  

  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • 6 Months to Complete
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  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
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Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider

Course Lessons

Lesson 1: Introduction to Disaster Preparedness

A disaster is a sudden, calamitous event that causes serious disruption of the functioning of a community or a society causing widespread human, material, economic, and/or environmental losses that exceed the ability of the affected community or society to cope using its own level of resources. Additional lesson topics:; Types of disasters: Definition of hazard; Handbook to Practical Disaster Preparedness for the Family, 3rd Edition; Preparedness and Survival Guide for Beginners 41 Total Points
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: Why this Course?
  • Assessment: Lesson 1 Quiz

Lesson 2: Getting Prepared: The Essentials

What items do you consider essential? How about what your family members will need? Everyone will have something different listed when it comes to deciding on what is essential to have when a disaster happens. Additional lesson topics: Several supplies you need in case disaster strikes; Family Emergency Binder: Free Checklist to Create Your Own; Build A Kit; Emergency Items: What Will Disappear First; Be Prepared for an Emergency. Be Red Cross Ready! 50 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 Quiz

Lesson 3: Key First Aid, Health, and Decontamination Information

When disaster hits, very likely, there may be injuries, such as scrapes, cuts, or broken bones. Additional lesson topics: How to Self-Decontaminate after a Radiation Emergency; Emergency Communication Plan; Survival Medical Supplies; Where Should I Store the Family First Aid Kit?; How to Pack An Emergency Kit 40 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 Quiz

Lesson 4: Seeking Shelter

This lesson will cover material to provide you with basic guidance on seeking and preparing for shelter. Additional lesson topics: Emergency Preparedness Basics; What to Do During Severe Weather and Other Emergencies; Storm Safe: Sheltering In Place; Emergency Response Plan 50 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 Quiz

Lesson 5: Preparing a Safe Room

Another measure that you can take is to prepare a safe room inside your house. Often, these are used in areas where tornadoes and hurricanes are at high risk. Additional lesson topics: Preparing a Home Safe Room; Residential Safe Rooms; Safe Rooms; Safe Room Ideas 50 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 5 Quiz

Lesson 6: Alerts and Warnings

This lesson will focus on the different types of alerts and warnings that are commonly used, what they mean, and how they are broadcasted. Additional lesson topics: ‘They didn't warn you': Louisiana disaster reveals deep challenges in flood communication; Emergency Alerting Systems; Early warning of disasters: Facts and figures; Timely Alerts and Warning; Be Smart. Take Part. Know Your Alerts and Warnings 50 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 Quiz

Lesson 7: Internal and External Communications

You must consider every avenue when the emergency or disaster strikes. Additional lesson topics: 20 Days to Ready: Know Where They'll Be; Create Your Family Emergency Communication Plan; How to Create an Emergency Communication Plan; Several Tips for Creating Your Emergency Communications Plan 50 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 7 Quiz

Lesson 8: Medical and First Aid Needs

To fully plan your medical and first aid needs, you have to gather key and important information. Additional lesson topics: Getting Medical Care and Prescription Drugs in a Disaster or Emergency Area; Medication Management in Disaster Planning; Consumer Preparedness in the Face of Disaster; Making a First Aid Kit; Emergency Preparedness for Your Pets 45 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 8 Quiz

Lesson 9: Being Prepared Financially During a Disaster

There are many things to consider and putting together a solid financial plan takes some deep thought and consideration. Additional lesson topics: Creating an Emergency Preparation File: Protecting Vital Documents; Everyone Must Be Prepared For Emergencies; Preparing for Natural Disasters presented by 50 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 9 Quiz

Lesson 10: Mobility and Transportation

This lesson will discuss what you need to do to be prepared for an emergency, as well as what to do if the disaster strikes when you are driving or mobile. Additional lesson topics: The New Survivalist Disaster Preparedness and Self-Reliance; Safety and Driving Tips 50 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 10 Quiz

Lesson 11: Introduction to Disaster Preparedness

If you are an individual with medical needs and/or disabilities, and you need to have accessibility and there are functional concerns, you need to add more strategies to your emergency preparedness plan. Additional lesson topics: Power Outages; Preparing Makes Sense for People with Disabilities and Other Access and Functional Needs; Basic Supplies for Unique Needs 50 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 11 Quiz

Lesson 12: Search Organization Preparedness

An effective first responder readiness program needs a reasonable vision, significant targets and objectives, characterized deliverables, courses of events, and consistent surveys. Additional lesson topics: Disaster Shelters 50 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 12 Quiz

Lesson 13: Emergency Preparedness for Schools

Schools must plan thoroughly for their preparedness in an emergency. This lesson will go over the basic steps school officials should take when planning for an emergency. Additional lesson topics: Threat- and Hazard-Specific Annexes; Disaster Planning for Schools; School Emergency Plan; Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plan 50 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 13 Quiz

Lesson 14: Emergency Preparedness for the Office

To have your business ready for a disaster, it will take coordination between administration, organization representatives, and multiple offices, and HR is required while dealing with the issues identified with when facing imminent harm or danger. Additional lesson topics: Crisis Communications Plan; Several Steps to Create the Ultimate Crisis Communication Plan; Get Started: Emergency Preparedness Checklist for Small Businesses; Office Survival Kit; Emergency Preparedness For Offices 25 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 14 Quiz

Lesson 15: Being Ready for a Technological Disaster

Recovery methodologies should be created for information innovation (IT) frameworks, applications, and information. Additional lesson topics: Taking Action for Disaster Preparedness: Technology and Innovation in Support of America's PrepareAthon! 390 Total Points
  • Lesson discussions: End of Course Poll; Course Comments; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Assessment: Lesson 15 Quiz
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe what types of disasters you should get prepared for.
  • Describe key first aid, health, and decontamination information.
  • Describe seeking shelter.
  • Describe preparing a safe room.
  • Describe internal and external communications process in a disaster.
  • Determine medical and first aid needs.
  • Describe being prepared financially during a disaster.
  • Describe emergency preparedness for schools.
  • Describe emergency preparedness for the office.
  • Describe being ready for a technological disaster.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Disaster Preparedness 101
Course Number: 9770489
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Washington.
Last Updated: January 2023
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.7 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Course Fee: $95.00 U.S. dollars

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