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L-102: Science of Disasters

This course in the National Emergency Management Basic Academy is designed to provide the participants with an overview of scientific principles and concepts that shape our increasingly dangerous world. The contents of the course include the following: Introduction to Science of Disaster provides a definition and benefits of science. * Earth Science and National Hazards describes how the Earth's design sets the stage for the world's natural hazards. * Science of Natural Hazards describes the scientific basis of common natural hazards. * Prediction gives us the capability to expect the unexpected. * Physical Science and Implications for Emergency management Identifies how emergency management can benefit from knowledge of the physical science of hazards. * Biological and Chemical Threats identifies the scientific basis of biological and chemical threats. * Explosive Threats identifies the scientific basis of those threats. * Radiological and Nuclear Threats identifies the scientific basis of those threats.

Course Length: 24 hours

Course Manager: Kevin Sur

Course Timeline:


Target Audience/Discipline: This course is intended for newly appointed emergency managers from State, local, tribal, territorial, and Federal emergency management agencies, and prospective professionals transferring from another discipline to emergency management.

Scheduled Classes:
Date Location
Sep 23-25, 2024ILEAS Training Center**

** No lodging available

Please note: Applications for courses will be accepted up to 1 day prior to the course date.

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