Disaster Preparedness

In this unit you will learn about:

  • Disasters and Disaster Workers: What defines a disaster, what defines an disaster, and who makes up the response workforce.
  • The Impact on the Infrastructure: The potential effect of extreme emergencies and disasters on transportation; electrical service; telephone communication; fuel; food, water, and shelter; and emergency services.
  • Structural and Nonstructural Hazards: Potentially hazardous conditions in various types of structures and their contents during a disaster.
  • Hazard Mitigation: What to do to reduce the risk of damage from hazards that threaten your area.
  • Home and Workplace Preparedness: How you can prepare in advance to reduce structural and nonstructural hazards and survive the initial period after a disaster.
  • Community Preparedness: How a community can prepare in advance to respond.
  • Protection for Disaster Workers: Laws that protect disaster workers from liability.

At the end of this unit, you should be able to:

  • Describe the types of hazards most likely to affect your home and community.
  • Describe the functions of CERTs and their role in immediate response.
  • Identify steps to prepare for emergencies.

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