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Be Ready: Staying Safe During Disasters

Learn about the key preparedness actions you can take to stay safe during various disasters and extreme weather events.

3,216 enrolled on this course

Be Ready: Staying Safe During Disasters
  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    2 hours

Discover what to do when disaster strikes

As extreme weather events continue to affect the lives of millions of people across the globe, it’s never been more important to know how to stay safe when disaster strikes.

On this course, you’ll find out about the key actions you can take to reduce the risks associated with disasters and extreme weather events.

You’ll learn how to create your own disaster kit, and develop a personal and family response plan, to use if an extreme event occurs.

You’ll get practical advice on preparing for, and responding to earthquakes, extreme temperatures, flooding, tsunamis, and hurricanes.

What topics will you cover?

  • Overview of the preparation of family emergency plans
  • Preparation of emergency kits and the home to mitigate disasters.
  • Overview of key actions to prepare and responds to earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, cold waves, heat waves and tropical cyclones.

Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. 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...

  • Learners will be able to design and evaluate their family emergency plan.
  • Learners will be able to create a personalised emergency kit appropriate to their needs.
  • Learners will be able to identify risks and improve the disaster readiness of their homes.
  • Learners will gain an understanding of actions to prepare and respond in the case of earthquakes.
  • Learners will gain an understanding of actions to prepare and respond in the case of tsunamis.
  • Learners will gain an understanding of actions to prepare and respond in the case of floods.
  • Learners will gain an understanding of actions to prepare and respond in the case of cold and heat waves.
  • Learners will gain an understanding of actions to prepare and respond in the case of tropical storms.

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at anyone interested in disaster preparedness, but may be of particular interest to teachers, healthcare professionals, and those involved in risk assessment and risk reduction.

Who will you learn with?

Humanitarian practitioner with focus on Disaster preparedness but also long term development. Lived and worked in several countries in Asia, Africa and Europe.

I am currently the Lead on Risk & Vulnerability at IFRC Secretariat. I have over 25years of experience in risk reduction work, mainly in the Red Cross Movement.

Lucia works in the Risk and Vulnerability team on community based disaster risk reduction and resilience at the IFRC in Geneva.

Mark works in the Health and Care Department at the IFRC in Geneva. He is also the coordinator of the IFRC's MOOC project.

Who developed the course?

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian network, with 190 national societies and 17 million volunteers around the world.

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps, but you can complete them as quickly or slowly as you like
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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