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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 30, 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 7, 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 Helen R

Apr 17, 2020

This course offered me so much. Added to my knowledge bank is the START skill. I am so delighted.

By Obil J D

May 26, 2021

the course was very informative and challenging. willing to share this course with other people

By N K A

Oct 18, 2020

It was an excellent course which is of great help to me in my academics and personal life alike.

By Maria S D P

Jun 22, 2020

The course is really informative and a great reminder of what to do before and during disasters.


Feb 20, 2016

This class is amazing, informative and full of useful information. Highly recommend this class.

By Tran N

Sep 17, 2021

greatly designed and practical course ! Making personal plan was interesting and challenging !

By Aayush K

Apr 27, 2020

A very basic and informative course which helps you to do what's best in a disaster! SURVIVE!


Jun 16, 2020

Very detailed course and very useful for preparing for disasters, not matter where you live.

By K M A I

Jun 23, 2020

Amazing course, Learned all the basics of personal/family preparedness in case of Disaster.

By Syed N A

Mar 23, 2017

Great course, really useful for people who want to pursue a carrier in disaster management.

By Madina K

Dec 19, 2016

I really liked it. Thank you teacher. It was very interesting to listen to and make a plan.

By Abdullah A

Nov 22, 2016

Well described course and it helps me to improve my understanding on disaster preparedness.

By Loreta P

Apr 16, 2021

The course on Disaster Preparedness is timely and relevant. I have learned so much. Thanks

By Shashank

May 29, 2020

One of the most needed courses to everyone there. I have taken this course with my family.

By casey m

Apr 27, 2020

I learned so much from this class. I feel better prepared to handle emergency situations.

By Sean b

Aug 27, 2015

I wish there were more majors at the university level with this specific topic of study.

By Ranjit K R

May 25, 2020

The course was sooooo good and the teachers were so great!



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By Dr. O A C

May 26, 2019

It was a great exposition on preparation for Disaster. it is recommended for everyone.

By Patricia P

May 29, 2020

This course taught me more on how to survive and handle disasters. Thank you so much!


Oct 28, 2020

This course really helped me to improve my skills and knowledge about preparedness.

By Ravindra B

Jan 16, 2017

Very interesting and informative, the information provided will be put to good use.


Jun 29, 2020

I found this course very interesting and relevant for FM/EHS/Safety professionals

By Elena P

Apr 28, 2020

The instructor is very knowledgeable and experienced. I really liked this course.

By Dave S

May 8, 2020

Thanks for the knowledge, learned a lot, much to thanks Professor Micheal Beach

By Pang Y F

Oct 23, 2020

An amazing course with useful knowledge, it is enjoyable to study this course!