HSEM 230 : Disaster Recovery and Response

The purpose of this course is to enable students to understand and think critically about response and recovery operations in the profession of emergency management. Students will utilize problem based learning by analyzing actual disaster events and applying the theories, principals, and practice of response and recovery. In addition, students will learn about the issues faced by special populations and how to address these special needs in natural disaster response and recovery.


HSEM 102 and HSEM 120, or Program Coordinator approval.

Course Outcomes

  1. Examine what occurs during a disaster and the impact it has on life, property and the environment.
  2. Differentiate between the responsibilities of the local government after a disaster versus those of the state and federal government.
  3. Analyze human responses to disasters.
  4. Compare traditional and professional approaches to disaster and determine which approach is most applicable in a given disaster situation.
  5. Define the role of warnings, evacuation and shelter in natural disaster response.
  6. Examine the process through which individual assistance may be obtained.
  7. Examine special issues during recovery including damage to the environment from hazards and sheltering animal populations.
  8. Identify communication strategies during crisis/disaster.
  9. Evaluate damage assessment and response techniques and their application to disaster situations.
  10. Apply principles and practice of response and recovery in case study disaster events.