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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Disaster Preparedness by University of Pittsburgh

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278 reviews

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.


Jul 06, 2020

Excellent course, logically put together and well presented. It raises multiple issues, some of which we were aware of but had not addressed and others which we had not even considered.

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By Joshan G

Jun 30, 2020

well described by faculty with each detail.

By Mohamad E M

Jun 04, 2020

well designed course at the right need time

By Sandra S

May 26, 2020

Thank you for establishing this course.

By Lucía C M F

Apr 21, 2020

A very useful course, I recommend it.

By Audra R B

Nov 01, 2015

Very informative. Great illustration.

By Bhupendra P S

May 06, 2020

Thanks for providing this oppotynity

By Peter B

Apr 20, 2020

Very interesting and helpful course.

By Sudeep H

Apr 09, 2019

Knowledgeable and interesting course

By Elizabeth C

Dec 10, 2015

relevant course for everyone to take

By Mehtab H

Apr 25, 2020

Very informative and useful course.

By Dana A

Oct 30, 2016

Enjoyed the course. thank you!

By Elijah H

Sep 21, 2016

This course is a piece of shit.

By Raj K N

Jul 04, 2018

A must do course for everyone.


May 21, 2020

Amazing learning experience.

By Rishabh R

May 21, 2020

Amazing & excellent course

By Monira A

Oct 10, 2018

very informative and clear


May 08, 2020

Learn a lot of essentials

By Tanishq C

Feb 21, 2018

very nice and informative

By Javier E S M

Sep 28, 2017

A great course. Thank you

By Daniel C

Oct 04, 2016

Lots of good information.

By Adrian M

Nov 17, 2015

Great and very important!

By Chloe H

May 12, 2020

Very informative course!

By Kerry W

Dec 30, 2015

Good info for the novice

By Kirubashini E

Jul 12, 2020

Informative and useful.