Disaster Management Cycle – Phases III and IV: Response and Recovery 48
Unit summary 58
Unit 5 61
Education and Public Awareness – Part I: Community-based Initiatives 61
Unit summary 73
Unit 6 75
Education and Public Awareness – Part II 75
Unit summary 87
Self - Assessment 88
Unit 7 89
Education and Public Awareness – Part III 89
Unit summary 95
Unit 8 97
The Role of Technology in Disaster Management 97
Unit summary 115
Self - Assessment 117
Unit 9 120
Media and Disaster Management 120
Unit summary 125
Self Assessment 128
Unit 10 131
Disaster Associated Health Issues – Part I: Emergency Health Services and Communicable Diseases. 131
Unit summary 148
Self - Assessment 148
Unit 11 151
Disaster Associated Health Issues – Part II 151
Unit summary 159
Self - Assessment 160
Unit 12 161
Physical and Socio-economic Impacts of Disasters 161
Unit summary 172
Self Assessment Activities 172
Unit 13 174
Emotional Impacts of Disasters 174
Unit summary 182
Self Assessment Activities 184
Unit 14 187
Vulnerable Groups in Disasters 187
Unit summary 193
Self Assessment Activities 194
About this course manual
Introduction to Disaster Management has been produced by the Virtual University for the Small States of the Commonwealth (VUSSC) team. All course manuals produced by the VUSSC team are structured in the same way, as outlined below.
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See Richard Freeman’s handbook, section 3.3: Setting aims and objectives for your course. Welcome to Introduction to Disaster Management
All communities are vulnerable to disasters, both natural and man-made. This first-year University level course was designed by experts from throughout the world to increase knowledge of disaster management, with the aim of reducing this vulnerability and improving disaster responsiveness. We hope that you will find these learning materials stimulating, enjoyable and useful.
Introduction to Disaster Management—is this course for you?
This course is intended for people who require an introductory-level understanding of the concepts underpinning, and practical processes involved in, the management of disasters.
You do not need any prior knowledge of the topic, although your own personal experiences or those of other people in your community will be very valuable in your learning.