Online Class: Disaster Risk Reduction — Preparing for Emergencies

This disaster risk reduction course will provide you with strategies to minimize your personal and financial safety risk in the event of an unforeseen emergency.

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Course Description

It always seems like there's a new disaster every time you turn on the TV, read a newspaper, or open up your social media feed. Hurricanes in the south, fires to the west, storms to the north, and floods to the east--and that's just in the United States. When you look at the rest of the world, it just seems so much worse. So what can you do to protect yourself? Your family? Your community? This disaster risk reduction course will provide you with strategies necessary to minimize your personal and financial safety risk in the event of an unforeseen emergency.

Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) is an approach designed to help improve disaster outcomes by assessing, identifying, and reducing the different risk factors involved. Its application is widespread throughout the world in a variety of disaster-related situations and scenarios. This course will look at how DRR can be used in emergency situations--which many disasters are--and how ANYONE can put it to use to improve their chances in a disaster event.

Topics of this course will include:

·    Types of Disasters--These lessons will look at the different kinds of disasters and the dangers they pose. The relationship between these disasters and DRR will be explored as well.

·    DRR and the Environment--Since many disasters originate within nature and the environment, it is only logical to discuss the connections between the environment and DRR. This lesson will also discuss the potential impact of DRR efforts on the environment.

·    Resources--Resources are valuable before, during, and after a disaster and they have an important role in DRR. This lesson will discuss what resources are necessary in a disaster and how they should be addressed to benefit DRR.

Disasters and emergencies can happen anywhere, and everyone should do what they can to ensure their safety. With Disaster Risk Reduction in Emergencies, it is our hope that you are able to take action to help give yourself an advantage when disaster strikes. Are you ready to take on this challenge? Let's go! 

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Course Lessons

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Lesson One - Disaster Risk Reduction In Emergencies

The definition of Disaster Risk Reduction is discussed and analyzed. Additional lesson topics: Ways to Reduce Vulnerability and Prepare for Disaster; Disaster Risk Reduction UNESCO ; Disaster Risk Reduction for the Built Environment 51 Total Points
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: Course Introduction and Goals
  • Assessment: Lesson 1 Quiz

Lesson Two - Emergencies and Disaster Risk

This lesson will take a closer look at DDR in emergencies and further explore the relationship between the two. Additional lesson topics: Hospital Emergency Preparedness and Response; Disaster and Emergency, What's The Difference?; Do You Know What to Do?; Disaster risk reduction and disaster risk management 50 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 Quiz

Lesson Three - The Environment and Disaster Risk

This lesson will explore the impact the environment has on disaster risk and DRR both as the cause of disasters and as something that can be impacted by a disaster. Additional lesson topics: Environmental Management and Disaster Risk Reduction; Different Types of Environmental Disasters; Environmental disasters : Design for disaster; Effects of Disasters: Risk and Resilience Factors; Several Environmental Disasters 50 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 Quiz

Lesson Four - Geophysical Disasters

This lesson will look at geophysical disasters, discussing what qualities they have. Additional lesson topics: Understanding threats and reducing risks to human well being; Earthquakes; World Geophysical Disasters; The biggest volcano eruptions in recorded history 50 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 Quiz

Lesson Five - Hydrological Disasters

This lesson will look at another natural disaster classification--hydrological disasters. Additional lesson topics: Information About Floods; Types of disasters: Definition of hazard; Direct and indirect losses; Epidemics after Natural Disasters; Hydrological Disasters 50 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 5 Quiz

Lesson Six - Climatological Disasters

This lesson will explore the different types of climatological disasters and what is involved with each. Additional lesson topics: Definition of disaster types; Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters; Climatological/meteorological and hydrological disasters and the insurance sector; NASA Climate Change 50 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 Quiz

Lesson Seven - Meteorological Disasters

This lesson will look at the last natural disaster classification, meteorological disasters. Additional lesson topics: Reducing and Managing Risks of Disasters in a Changing Climate; National Hurricane Center; What is the difference between a typhoon and a hurricane?; What are Hurricanes? 50 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 7 Quiz

Lesson Eight - Non-Natural Disasters

This lesson will look at non-natural disasters like chemical spills, biological hazards, and man-made events that pose a threat to people's safety. Additional lesson topics: Devastating Unnatural Disasters; Biological Emergencies; Safest U.S. cities from natural disasters 50 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 8 Quiz

Lesson Nine - Prevention and Risk Management

The focus of this lesson is on the topic of prevention and risk management. Additional lesson topics: Effective Disaster Management Strategies; Natural Disaster Prevention; Understanding Disaster Risk 50 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 9 Quiz

Lesson Ten - Managing Infrastructure

This lesson will explore infrastructure and the role it plays in disasters, emergencies, and DRR. Additional lesson topics: The Relevance of Soft Infrastructure in Disaster Management; Coping study on disaster resilient infrastructure; Infrastructure for Disaster Management 50 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 10 Quiz

Lesson Eleven - Health Aspects

This lesson will discuss the different health aspects involved with disasters and what impact they can have in DRR. Additional lesson topics: Emergency and disaster risk management for health; Strategies for Identifying and Engaging At-Risk Groups; Disaster risk management for health: climate risk management; Disaster Risk Management for Health Fact Sheets 50 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 11 Quiz

Lesson Twelve - Addressing Vulnerabilities

This lesson will look at the vulnerabilities that can be present and contribute to disasters. Additional lesson topics: Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment VCA ; Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management; Reducing the Impacts of Natural Disasters; The Role and Impact of Population and Society 50 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 12 Quiz

Lesson Thirteen - Disaster Response

This lesson will discuss disaster response and what needs to be done to ensure success of planning and DRR efforts. Additional lesson topics: Disaster Response and Recovery; Disaster and Emergency Planning for Preparedness, Response, and Recovery; Law Enforcement's Role in Responding to Disasters; Common Responses to Disasters or Traumatic Events 50 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 13 Quiz

Lesson Fourteen - Post-Disaster Recovery Planning

This lesson will explore some of the post-disaster recovery planning efforts that can be taken and what role DRR can play in them. Additional lesson topics: Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery; How to Write a Disaster Recovery Plan for Your Business; Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery and Reconstruction 50 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 14 Quiz

Lesson Fifteen - Resources

This final lesson will discuss the resources that are needed in a disaster that can help reduce the risks the situation poses. 400 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 disaster risk reduction in emergencies.
  • Describe the environment and disaster risk.
  • Describe various types of disasters: geophysical disasters, hydrological disasters, climatological disasters, meteorological disasters and non-natural disasters.
  • Summarize prevention and risk management.
  • Describe methods for managing infrastructure.
  • Describe health aspects resulting for a disaster.
  • Describe disaster response and post-disaster recovery planning.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Disaster Risk Reduction: Preparing for Emergencies
Course Number: 9770507
Lessons Rating: 5.0 / 5 Stars (305 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Last Updated: November 2021
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 1.0 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
Instructor: John Chouinard
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $75.00 U.S. dollars

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