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PSE 553 Seminar: Disaster Planning and Management (3 credits)

The purpose of this seminar is to cover a broad range of topics, problems and activities involved in developing a comprehensive yet flexible plan of response to a major life- and property-threatening emergency at the local level. Through lectures by professionals from a variety of fields and perspectives, the course will provide an overview of the managerial responsibilities and multi-dimensional skills necessary to coordinate and control a disaster situation. There will also be a review and study of past disasters. Finally, the seminar will focus on developing techniques and approaches that can be used to handle similar emergencies in the future.