Course Syllabus: Disaster Risk Reduction in Emergencies

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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?

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! 

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 Topics

Lesson One - Disaster Risk Reduction In Emergencies

Lesson Two - Emergencies And Disaster Risk

Lesson Three - The Environment And Disaster Risk

Lesson Four - Geophysical Disasters

Lesson Five - Hydrological Disasters

Lesson Six - Climatological Disasters

Lesson Seven - Meteorological Disasters

Lesson Eight - Non-Natural Disasters

Lesson Nine - Prevention And Risk Management

Lesson Ten - Managing Infrastructure

Lesson Eleven - Health Aspects

Lesson Twelve - Addressing Vulnerabilities

Lesson Thirteen - Disaster Response

Lesson Fourteen - Post-Disaster Recovery Planning

Lesson Fifteen - Resources

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 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.
  • Know prevention and risk management.
  • Describe methods for managing infrastructure.
  • Describe health aspects resulting for a disaster.
  • Describe disaster response and post-disaster recovery planning, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
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Assessment Guide

Lesson 1 Quiz50
Lesson 2 Quiz50
Lesson 3 Quiz50
Lesson 4 Quiz50
Lesson 5 Quiz50
Lesson 6 Quiz50
Lesson 7 Quiz50
Lesson 8 Quiz50
Lesson 9 Quiz50
Lesson 10 Quiz50
Lesson 11 Quiz50
Lesson 12 Quiz50
Lesson 13 Quiz50
Lesson 14 Quiz50
Lesson 15 Quiz50
The Final Exam350
Total Points:1100
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