Disaster and Emergency Management focuses on preventing, preparing for, responding to, and recovering from specific hazard events. However, its standardized approach often fails to address isolated, marginalized, or culturally distinct communities. With the skills gained in this program, you will be able to work more effectively with unique communities to develop stronger plans and partnerships to address the community's needs and demonstrate respect for its inherent abilities and vulnerabilities.
Understanding community priorities, values, traditional knowledge, and nuances enables a more comprehensive and appropriate hazard and risk assessment. Strategies can be developed and deployed that are respectful of and relevant to the specific needs of those communities. Disaster and Emergency Management work becomes more efficient and collaboration increases, leading to an improvement in overall individual and community resiliency. This course focuses on Indigenous and other rural/remote communities and also addresses sub-groups within communities that are marginalized due to race, religion, and/or social norms.