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DM-803 Disaster Risk Reduction and Preparedness
Campus MCE
Programs PG
Session Spring Semester 2017
Course Title Disaster Risk Reduction and Preparedness
Course Code DM-803
Credit Hours 3-0
Pre-Requisutes None
Course Objectives Aims to give students understanding of concepts and methodologies for disaster preparedness and response and making them capable to suggest workable plans for field case histories.
Detail Content
  • Conceptual and Methodological Issues
    • Types of Disasters
    • Disaster management stages
    • Time Scale (pre, during and post disaster scenario)
    • Disaster Classification
    • Vulnerabilities, Impact and scale of damage
    • Coping Capacities Mechanism
    • Classification of damages and effects
    • Social, infrastructure, economic, environmental and overall effects of damages
  • Databases and Disaster Information
    • Types and sources of disaster related information
    • Development of appropriate databases from community level to the national level
    • Database coordination, sharing and communication over time and space
  • Disaster Preparedness
    • Situation Analysis (Risks, vulnerabilities & capacities)
    • Response Mechanism (existing and required)
    • Preventive measures / methodologies
    • Preparedness Planning (Need for preparedness planning, Planning processes and elements)
    • Mitigation Measures
    • Coordination
    • Resource Mobilization
    • Information Management
    • Early Warning System (existing and required)
    • Public Education, Training and Rehearsals
  • Social and Economic Impact Assessment of Disasters
    • Impact assessment framework/process
    • Tools and techniques
  • Contingency Planning and its Process
    • Hazard and risk analysis, contingency prioritization
    • Scenario building
    • Preparing a contingency plan for each selected scenario
    • Rescue, relief, and evacuation planning
    • Monitoring and updating the contingencies plan
  • Integrating Disaster Preparedness with Development
    • Mainstreaming DRR into Development
    • Structural Measures (Disaster shelters, Emergency housing, evacuation shelters, Retrofitting, etc)
    • Non-Structural Measures
    • Legislations and Reforms (Building Code etc)
    • Institutional Strengthening
  • Building Safer and Resilient Communities
    • Risks and Needs of the communities:
      • Prone to natural disasters
      • Post disaster communities
Text/Ref Books
  • Asian Disaster Reduction Center, Kobe, Japan, Total Disaster Risk Management (Good Practices), 2005.
  • Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), 2003.
  • Handbook for Estimating the Socio-economic and Environmental Effects of Disasters, Vol. 1 to 4, 2003.
  • Joseph Gustin, Disaster & Recovery Planning: A guide for facility managers, 4th Edition, Fairmont Press, 2002.
  • Donna R. Childs and Stefan Dietrich, Contingency planning and disaster recovery, john Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2002.
  • WFP, Contingency Planning (Guidelines). UNCHR, Handbook for emergencies, 1982.
  • Publication: A framework for community safety and resilience - In the face of disaster risk
  • Publication: The Global Alliance for Disaster Risk Reduction Building safer, resilient communities
  • Publication: Defusing disaster – Reducing the risk: calamity is unnatural
  • Publication : Natural Hazards, Un-Natural Disasters: The Economics of Effective Prevention
Time Schedule Spring 2015
Faculty/Resource Person Maj Dr Naeem Shahzad PhD in Environmental Engineering