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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, to include packing lists, a communication plan, a financial plan, and even a technology plan. If you live in areas where tornados, 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.  

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Outline

Lesson 1: Introduction to Disaster Preparedness

Lesson 2: Getting Prepared: The Essentials

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

Lesson 4: Seeking Shelter

Lesson 5: Preparing a Safe Room

Lesson 6: Alerts and Warnings

Lesson 7: Internal and External Communications

Lesson 8: Medical and First Aid Needs

Lesson 9: Being Prepared Financial During a Disaster

Lesson 10: Mobility and Transportation

Lesson 11: Introduction to Disaster Preparedness

Lesson 12: Search Organization Preparedness

Lesson 13: Emergency Preparedness for Schools

Lesson 14: Emergency Preparedness for the Office

Lesson 15: Being Ready for a Technological Disaster

Course Materials

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Grading Policy

Several lessons will be accompanied by a brief quiz. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

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, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
Lesson 1 Quiz40
Lesson 2 Quiz50
Lesson 3 Quiz40
Lesson 4 Quiz50
Lesson 5 Quiz50
Lesson 6 Quiz50
Lesson 7 Quiz50
Lesson 8 Quiz45
Lesson 9 Quiz50
Lesson 10 Quiz50
Lesson 11 Quiz50
Lesson 12 Quiz50
Lesson 13 Quiz50
Lesson 14 Quiz25
Lesson 15 Quiz25
The Final Exam365
Total Points:1040

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