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Disaster Preparedness

University of Pittsburgh via Coursera


Have you ever viewed a news report depicting the aftermath of a devastating natural disaster? The damage to human life and property are both staggering and heartbreaking. All parts of the world face the possibility of floods, hurricanes, tornados, fires, landslides, earthquakes, tsunamis, and other natural phenomena. Are you prepared if disaster would strike you? This course will help you prepare!

The course is appropriate for any learner who is proactive about developing the core competencies of disaster readiness and survival planning. It is especially useful if you are seeking techniques that can ensure your personal protection, as well as the safety of your family, property, and belongings, during a natural disaster. In addition, it offers essential preparation for a variety of emergency situations and inconveniences, even if you do not live in major tornado, flood, hurricane, tsunami, or earthquake zone. For instance, could you and your loved ones manage without access to potable water, electricity, fuel, and banking facilities? If you are unsure of your ability to respond in any of these possible scenarios, this course is for you!

Throughout the course, you will be introduced to the Disaster Cycle, specifically the Mitigation and Recovery phases, and will create an extensive personal preparedness plan for survival in the absence of common amenities, such as food and water, shelter, and communication. You will also acquire practical, easy-to-apply strategies for maintaining a healthy attitude during disaster which can allow you to remain calm, avoid panic, and draw upon inner and outer resources in dire circumstances. Although death may be an inevitable outcome of extreme circumstances, a balanced outlook can provide comfort for all parties involved. Finally, issues of how institutions and governments can aid in disaster are also discussed.
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Taught by

Michael Beach


3.9 rating, based on 13 Class Central reviews

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  • Ben

    Ben completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.

    This was my first Coursera course I have ever taken- and I was highly disappointed at the quality leading me to not be interested in continuing with other courses. Yes, it is very easy, but if you are desiring to actually learn something I truly can…
  • Anonymous
    The basics of Disaster Preparedness are timeless, so the course material was still relevant even if the course was created a few years ago. The material covered reinforced my knowledge on the subject when I first started working in the field and the…
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    First- it is important to note that this course is dated. You will learn in Module 1 that it is from 2013. While Disaster Preparedness is rather timeless this was disappointing. I am about halfway completed and the material is quite straightforward…
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    It is good experience into the course .learn so much thinks in the course and experience so many tackle into the disaster and conflict .such ggod thinks shared in the course as vedio learn the different thinks into different visions direction and such thinks I learned by experience person with lot of discussion and get such thinks we learn by this I will suggest my friend go through out to the course.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course will prepare everyone to upcoming disasters. Many of us is not that prepared now that a pandemic is on the go but taking this course will help us be more prepared in future different disasters.
  • Sudhanshu Kumar Singh completed this course.

    Very nice course and I learnt a lot that's about Diaster, Types of disaster in detail and also I learn how to safe resources from disaster and overall it's a amazing course
  • Noel Cullen

    Noel Cullen completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    great course to if you like to be prepared, great information, great presentation, just a joy to do, loved it.
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    Parth Kachhadiya is taking this course right now and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    My review helps other learners like you discover great courses. Only review the course if you have taken or started taking this course.
    helps other learners like you discover great courses. Only review the course if you have taken or started taking this course.Only review the course if you have taken or started taking this course.
  • Atif

    Atif completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    I spent a good time doing these courses and improved a lot this gave me information about plate tectonics and how they affect the solar system. the main thing which I liked about this is that they introduced new thing in a better way through the video quality is not that much good but okay
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