Special Needs Populations in Disaster Response


Course Overview

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Course Description
The course reviews the basic principles which should underlie disaster consequence management, planning and appropriate actions within the action phases of disaster response. It will focus on the saving of life and mitigation of injury for victims with special needs and vulnerabilities. The discussion examines how culture and religion are population characteristics which may be usefully considered in the context of special needs when designing and executing consequence management activities during a crisis.
The discussion assists in identifying vulnerable populations in a community at risk and assesses significant requirements and challenges inherent in their time-phased emergency support. It examines the tools required for lifesaving as well as those needed for broader consequence management which can be confidently employed. It also discusses the most effective manners of use for these tools.

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Target Audience
Emergency preparedness and disaster response personnel interested in identifying vulnerable populations in an at-risk community.

Learning Objectives

  1. Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  2. List the basic principles which should underlie disaster consequence management planning
  3. Describe the influence of lifestyle and culture on disaster management within a population at risk
  4. Identify some of the special needs in a potential local population at risk and assess significant characteristics of their requirements
  5. Explain significant urgent disaster related support of special needs populations
  6. Evaluate available tools in the context of disaster driven life saving and consequent management

Council of Linkages Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (COL)/COL Tier(s)
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Professional/Disciplinary Competencies
Preparedness & Response Core Competencies

  • 1.2: Manage behaviors associated with emotional responses in self and others.
  • 3.2: Contribute expertise to the development of emergency plans.
  • 4.1: Maintain personal/family emergency preparedness plans.

Online/ Self-study

Credit /CEU
None available

6 hrs.

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Course Publication Date
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