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Welcome to the course

Welcome to Emergency Planning and Preparedness: An Introduction.

For an emergency planner, the response to and recovery from an emergency incident represents the final stage of a process that may well have taken many years to prepare.

During this course, you will be introduced to some of the main concepts and techniques around emergency planning and preparedness. You will take the first steps to being able to identify the relationship between types of emergencies and the most appropriate plans used to tackle them. You will also explore the emergency planning cycle and learn how to design your own emergency plan.

In this video, lead educator Emma Parkinson welcomes you to this Coventry University Online open course, describes the roles and requirements of an emergency planner and introduces you to the content that is covered during the course.

This week …

Through this week’s activities you will:

  • Explore the terminology used to define emergency planning and preparedness;
  • Analyse the difference between an ‘effective’ and ‘ineffective’ response; and
  • Discover the relationship between types of emergency and the required response.

Your task

In the video, Emma shares her thoughts on the huge importance of emergency planning. In the comments, introduce yourself and tell us why you are interested in learning more about emergency planning and preparedness.
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Checking your progress

When you reach the end of a step and have understood everything, click the ‘mark as complete’ button. This will update your progress page, and will help you to keep track of the steps you’ve completed. Any steps you’ve finished will turn blue on your to-do list.

You can check your progress page by clicking the icon at the top of the step. You’ll then see what percentage of the course steps you’ve marked as complete.

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