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Community Preparedness and Planning

Examine the effectiveness of common community preparedness activities and consider alternative approaches.

  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    8 hours

Explore community disaster preparedness

Communities at risk can develop their capacity to respond effectively, and the most effective way might not always be a formalised approach.

This short course explores the value and appropriateness of the mirrored agency capabilities we might expect to see in a community, such as emergency planning and evacuation.

During the course, we’ll look at early warning systems and key issues related to flood warnings.

We will look at community-led preparedness activities and how they can best be facilitated.

What topics will you cover?

  • Community risk awareness
  • Community preparedness
  • Early warning systems
  • Effective public risk communication
  • Community-based hazard monitoring and reporting
  • Community-led risk mitigation

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explain what preparedness may mean to a community
  • Evaluate factors that influence a community’s risk awareness and anticipation of disaster
  • Explore good practice approaches to community preparedness

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at students who wish to explore approaches to preparedness and build knowledge of disaster mitigation.

Please note that the individuals detailed in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below, are current staff members and may be subject to change.

Who will you learn with?

I'm an Associate Lecturer at Coventry University Online and a current practitioner working in Emergency Planning for a large NHS Trust in the North West.

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured 5 QS Stars for Teaching and Online Learning in the QS World University Ranking 2020 and has received No. 1 in the world for Massive Open Online Courses in MoocLab’s World University Ranking 2021.

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