Natural and Technological Hazards

Emergency management, at its core, encompasses the recognition and management of natural disasters, technological disasters, and Na-Tech (hybrid) disasters. This course examines different types of natural hazards and integrates perspectives on risk, vulnerability, resilience, and mitigation planning through an examination of natural and technological hazards including earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, floods, landslides, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, climate change, and a host of technological and human-induced hazards. Moreover, this class is needed to underscore the basic tenets of emergency management as a set of diverse responses to various emergencies from the federal, state, and local perspectives, the management of mass casualties, and ways to rebuild more resilient communities following a disaster.