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Introduction to Resilience Planning

This course introduces key concepts of resilience planning and explains how to incorporate resilience planning in communities.

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Course Info

  • Duration 10 video lessons (69 Mins)
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Browse Course Chapters

  • 1. Introduction (2 mins)
  • 2. Conventional Hazards Planning (7 mins)
  • 3. Conventional Hazards Planning: Limiting Risk (15 mins)
  • 4. Introduction to Resilience (7 mins)
  • 5. Identifying Threats to Your Community (7 mins)
  • 6. Assessing Physical Vulnerabilities (7 mins)
  • 7. Assessing Social and Economic Vulnerabilities (7 mins)
  • 8. Developing a Resilience Plan (8 mins)
  • 9. Case Studies (5 mins)
  • 10. Conclusion (1 min)

What You Will Learn

  • Understand conventional disaster planning
  • Understand key concepts of resilience planning
  • Assess potential hazards and threats facing your community
  • Assess hazard exposure
  • Assess physical and social vulnerabilities
  • Identify practices and policies to foster physical, economic, and social resilience
  • Understand the process for developing hazard mitigation plans

Course Description

Natural hazards represent an enormous threat to human health, safety, and welfare. Vulnerability to natural hazards is exacerbated by growing populations in hazard-prone areas and sprawling patterns of development. Additionally, climate change is contributing to increased threats of everything from heat waves, hurricanes, severe droughts, tornadoes, and torrential rain. This combination of factors means the human and economic costs of disasters continue to grow.

Conventional hazards planning has proven unequal to the growing threat from natural hazards, and a new approach is necessary. This course discusses the limitations of conventional hazards planning and how resilience planning represents a more holistic approach to reducing vulnerabilities and building the capacity to respond effectively to hazards.

This course introduces key concepts of resilience planning and explains how to incorporate resilience planning in communities. We will discuss the hazard assessment process to identify the exposure to physical and social threats from disasters as well as the process for developing a hazard mitigation plan for your community.

This course is not intended to address every potential hazard facing communities; instead, it will provide an introduction to resilience planning and the processes that build capacity in your community to identify potential hazards, reduce vulnerability, and recover quickly when a disaster does occur. Because, with natural disasters, it’s not a question of if; it’s a question of when.

Learn these skills

  • Environmental Planning
  • Land Use
  • Resilience Planning
  • Sustainability
  • Urban Design
  • Zoning Codes


This course is approved for 1 AICP CM credit, including 1 Sustainability and Resilience credit. 


This course is approved for 1 SACPLAN CPD point.

Meet Your Instructor

Chris Holtkamp

Chris Holtkamp

Chris Holtkamp is a certified planner and is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Planning at the University of Wisconsin River Falls.

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