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Developing a Fact Basis for Hazard Planning

As sea levels rise and the changing face of natural disasters display increasing intensity, hazard mitigation has become a hot button issue in cities across the globe. This course focuses on techniques for assessing hazard exposure and physical and social vulnerabilities.

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Course Info

  • Duration 6 video lessons (62 Mins)
  • Published Published
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  • 1. Introduction (3 mins)
  • 2. History and Impacts Model (22 mins)
  • 3. Hazard Exposure (6 mins)
  • 4. Physical Vulnerabilities (7 mins)
  • 5. Social Vulnerabilities (13 mins)
  • 6. Putting the Pieces Together (8 mins)

Course Description

As sea levels rise and other changing climatological patterns display an increasing ability to devastate urban populations, hazard mitigation has become a hot topic globally. Emergency management planners could reduce losses and strengthen community resilience by mapping socially vulnerable areas and focusing hazard mitigation efforts where they are most needed. This course focuses on techniques for assessing hazard exposure, physical vulnerability and social vulnerability, and understanding their relationship to one another. Through a literature review, as well as applied cases, specifically in Galveston, Texas after Hurricane Ike, Dr. Shannon Van Zandt goes through a step-by-step risk assessment model for planners to weave into their hazard and disaster planning strategies.

Learn these skills

  • Data Analysis
  • Environmental Planning
  • Land Use
  • Public Health
  • Resilience Planning
  • Sustainability


This course is approved for 1 SACPLAN CPD point. 

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Shannon Van Zandt

Shannon Van Zandt

Shannon Van Zandt, Ph.D., AICP, is Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Master of Urban Planning Program at Texas A&M University.

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