Staying Safe: How to be Prepared in the Modern World

Have you ever considered what you would do in an emergency situation? How would you keep yourself and others safe?

  • Duration 3 weeks
  • Weekly study 3 hours
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Understand keeping yourself and others safe in the event of an emergency.

In today’s uncertain world, it’s important to understand the likelihood of an emergency situation occurring, and how to be more prepared. Daily emergencies happen worldwide, however hearing about them depends on your location and the circumstances of the emergency.

The course has been designed to help you as an individual develop your own personal resilience and to understand the ‘what ifs’.

This will allow you to plan how to deal with them, prioritise them and lessen the affects to you and your family.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 7 secondsWould you know what to do in an emergency? Are you prepared for the unexpected? What would happen if you couldn't go home or you found yourself stranded abroad? In today's uncertain world, keeping yourself and others safe is important, as is a good understanding of how likely an emergency situation is to occur. You can control how prepared you are, and this may help you if you're ever involved in an emergency. Emergencies happen daily worldwide. However, hearing about them depends on your location and the circumstances of the emergency. This course has been designed to help you as an individual develop your own personal resilience and to understand the what ifs.

Skip to 0 minutes and 53 secondsThe course takes you through the steps of planning how to deal with them, explains how to prioritise them, and hopefully will help lessen the effects to you, your family, and your community. Within the course, we look at the likelihood and consequences of the types of emergencies you may encounter from threats including terrorism and cyber to the hazards such as flood and health pandemics. We look at how to assess the risk so you can understand likelihood. We then ask you to consider the consequences on you and your local community. The course shows you how to plan and take responsibility for your own personal safety, particularly within your home. Do you know how to get out in an emergency?

Skip to 1 minute and 37 secondsWhat would you try to save? And who can you go to for help? Throughout the course, you will learn to be prepared, be resilient, and produce an emergency plan to support you in times of need, against most emergencies or situations. This has been produced by the Emergency Planning College who are the UK's leading centre for organisational resilience, delivering emergency and crisis management, business continuity, cyber resilience, event and public safety training, exercising and consultancy services. Our highly experienced industry leading experts work closely with organisations of all sizes to deliver our services to both public and private sectors in the UK and across the world.

What topics will you cover?

  • Identifying types of emergencies
  • Risks, hazards and threats assessment
  • Impact and consequences of emergencies
  • Developing emergency plans
  • Individually preparing for emergencies
  • Developing personal resilience

When would you like to start?

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What will you achieve?

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

  • Assess the likelihood of risks, hazards and threats
  • Develop the skills to evaluate actual risk and understand how you could react in an emergency
  • Explain the difference between threats vs hazards and intention vs capability
  • Explore information available, for use in your emergency plan
  • Improve your own personal resilience to become more prepared for disruption

Who is the course for?

This course is ideal for you if you want to understand the actual risks to you and your family, and how to be prepared in an emergency.

Professionals who may be involved in community resilience planning may also find the course beneficial.

Who will you learn with?

Beverley Griffiths

Beverley Griffiths

Director for Resilience with responsibility for management and development of the Crowd and Public Safety capability, also advises on Business Continuity, Risk, Security & Safety, Crisis Management.

Who developed the course?

Emergency Planning College (EPC)

The EPC is the UK’s national centre for resilience learning and development services; we develop people, teams and organisations through training, exercising and consultancy.


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