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Disaster Planning and Policies

Alka Sapat & Ann-Margaret Esnard

Demographic changes, human settlement patterns, land-use decisions, and political and social policy dynamics have increased vulnerability to natural and man-made disasters. Planning and policy processes and interventions can help reduce disaster vulnerabilities and increase resilience at every stage of the disaster management cycle: disaster mitigation, preparation, response, and recovery. The course will be divided into four modules relating to planning and policy processes corresponding to these four traditional phases of disaster management. Throughout the semester, particular attention will be paid to how disaster planning and policy efforts can increase and promote resilience and reduce vulnerabilities. This course will be designed to serve as an upper level Bachelor’s degree course and could be easily adapted to the graduate level with the addition of other reading materials, and will be based on a model of 15 three-hour sessions, separated into one session a week for 15 weeks. Alternatively, the course material could be broken up into a twice-a-week or three-times-a-week format if desired.

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