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Methods of Risk Assessment in Planning for Disasters (PREP 1112)Methods of Risk Assessment in Planning for Disasters (PREP 1112)

This course is designed to introduce learners to the basic process of conducting a hazard and vulnerability assessment for their community.  This course examines the fundamental concepts of hazard identification and vulnerability assessment in determine public health risk for emergency planning purposes.  


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Online Lesson1. Pre-Test -
Online Lesson2. Course Material -
Online Lesson3. Post-Test -
Online Lesson4. Satisfaction Survey -


Course Objective:

The purpose of this course is to:

  • Provide an overview of the steps in performing a comprehensive, community-based hazard and vulnerability analysis.

Key Messages:

  • Hazard identification can be both natural and technological/man-made
  • It is important to consider all five categories of vulnerability
  • Assessing both hazards and their vulnerability allows you to characterize risk for emergency planning purposes


Public Health Emergency Preparedness Capabilities:

  • Community Preparedness


Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (CDC):

  • 1.4 Maintain situational awareness
  • 3.1 Contribute expertise to a community hazard vulnerability analysis (HVA)
  • 3.2 Contribute expertise to the development of emergency plans
  • 3.3 Participate in improving the organization's capacities (including, but not limited to program, plans, policies, laws, and workforce training)

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • List the hazards which may impact your community 
  • Identify specific areas of community vulnerability to specific hazards
  • Describe the process of using hazards identification and vulnerability assessment to determine risk for emergency planning purposes
  • Discuss how models are used in the performance of a hazard and vulnerability assessment
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