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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Disaster Preparedness by University of Pittsburgh

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About the Course

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. If you are interested in this topic you may be interested in other online programs at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. Learn more about those programs by visiting our website:

Top reviews


Jan 31, 2017

Really great course that's paced well. I believe this is a course everyone should and CAN take! These things are important to know especially if you live in an area where disasters are prone.


Oct 08, 2020

grateful to have this kind of Course in here while having sponsor. Most important course because it teaches the basic surviving skills and safety during disaster. likewise, Safety First!

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By Christina G

May 05, 2020

Examples slightly outdated, but the information is excellent. Glad I took the course.

By Paige B

Sep 26, 2016

It could go a little more quicker into the Medical aspect but otherwise very good.

By Mido T

May 28, 2018

interesting course, makes you mentally prepared for any disaster situation.

By Prakash S

Apr 08, 2019

Learnt a lot about disasters and its management processes.

By Nadeemahmadkhan

Oct 15, 2016

Very helpful to know different perspective of disaster

By Amanda F

Aug 23, 2015

Very well presented course. Enjoyable and informative.

By Timothy n

Mar 18, 2020

Even though outdated, it still has great information

By Madhusudanan.S

Jun 06, 2016

Excellent Course. Everyone should take this course.

By sathyaguru

May 25, 2020

Basicallly its good but reduce the lengthy vedios

By Chris J

Nov 26, 2017

Very practical, tons of information and advice.

By fernando g u

Apr 18, 2020

El curso es bueno pero no lo voy a seguir.

By Yue Y

Jan 17, 2017

a quite practical course for DP and ER.


Dec 17, 2015

Excellent experiencing in all respect.

By Melissa M T

Sep 14, 2020

Learned a lot of practical tips.

By Ali M A

Oct 06, 2019

it was a very helpful course

By patricia g

Oct 07, 2020

It was long in some areas.

By prudhvi s

Feb 22, 2020

good coarse to learn'

By Tawhid s k

Oct 14, 2020

Good and effective

By Rohit h

Apr 18, 2020

Super course

By Alexander G S

Jun 15, 2020

It was a good course. There were a couple of mistakes in the text and also between the text and quiz. The last two I remember are in Lesson 5 the presenter from Japan stated for DMAT. "Actually I participated in the medical care for the Great East Japan Earthquake as a member of the Japanese DMAT, Disaster Management Assistance Team which is quite different from the American DMAT." The problem was in the quiz that was not an option, it did have "Disaster Medical Assistance Team", which of course is the correct answer and was in his slide. Another was in Lesson 6 where Michael states, "Third, the triage person will check how fast the victim is breathing. If over 30 breaths per minute and they may not need to count, if it's fast, they will know. They will tag the victim as red. If it's less than 30, they will check perfusion, or blood flow." Of course, when he goes and states "If it's less than 30." he's actually talking about Stage Four and not three. It was in the slides and any new students would be wise to save the slides to refer to for any quizzes, the text can be tricky. The only other piece was the assignment, if going to be reviewed by other students, it should have something showing if they left a response or not. I spent a good 20 minutes looking for their responses (there weren't any). As stated I liked the course otherwise, Lesson 6 was good to understand how the Triage system works that I didn't know about. Cheers.

By Damian N

Apr 18, 2020

There is political propaganda on a Required Reading, this and another "facts" that are myths like the twinkies expiration dates. Some good advices but the course need some revision

By Kirby P P

Apr 27, 2020

Needs to update the course with regards to pandemic disaster and other disaster our world is facing.

By David T

Oct 14, 2019

It was a very good basic course. It relied to much on FEMA and help coming.

By Perry N G P

May 19, 2020

Good way to be prepared on actual disasters! Kudos!

By Rohan

Jul 06, 2020

An informative course but instructor was boring.