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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 Wristly A

Jun 1, 2020

Very informative and engaging course. Practical and tailor-fitted to this time when disasters are common.


May 20, 2022

This course offered valuable information. Will be able to use the practical kills learnt here. Thank you

By Nesredin A M

Dec 7, 2020

I have learned so many things about Disaster Preparedness. it was a very interesting and helpful course.

By Michael G

Jul 13, 2023

Really enjoyed the lectures, tips and the overall course. I've learned a great deal, thank you so much!

By Sagar K C

Jun 19, 2023

Very informative, basic yet very important tips, would highly recommend others to take up the course.

By Enisha S -

Jun 14, 2021

excellent ! well put together lecture, made easy to understand , The presentation was also escellent,

By Keith K

Feb 23, 2022

Excellent course, teaches disaster preparedness , after disaster response / survival, and recovery.

By Joyce C

May 5, 2021

An excellent course on preparing for a disaster at a beginner level and for more advanced personnel.

By Vijayan M

May 4, 2020

Very Informational course in Disaster Preparedness for our Family, Organizational and International.

By My I

Sep 10, 2015

I'm really enjoying this class on Disaster Preparedness with Mike Beach. Mike is a great instructor!

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.