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Emergency and Disaster Management

About the Course:

Course taught by Dr. Carmit Rapaport

Wildfires, floods, COVID-19, terror attacks, and earthquakes are only a partial list of emergencies and disasters which have occurred in recent years in many countries around the world. Some countries have even experienced more than one major disaster. Managing an emergency or a disaster is based on preparedness and mitigation actions (before the event), response capabilities (during the event), and recovery efforts (after the event) to rebuild the area and the affected community. The course will expose students to principles in emergency and disaster management at the local, national and international levels with distinct focus on human behavior during disasters, risk communications, sheltering and protection, logistics and technologies. The learning methods will include expert lectures, case studies analysis, and emergency simulation.

About the Faculty
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Carmit Rapaport is the Director of the Institute for Regulation of Emergency and Disaster at the College of Law and Business in Israel. Dr. Rapaport is also the Academic Coordinator of the MA programs in Disaster Management and Fire Studies at the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Haifa (senior academic staff). Carmit Rapaport received her Ph.D. from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in 2011. Dr. Rapaport fields of interests are population behavior during emergencies and disasters, crisis leadership, adaptive behavior and business continuity. She has received research grants from the Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Tourism, and Ministry of Defense among others. She participated as a senior researcher in the EU FP7 BEMOSA project.

Course Credits
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3 credits = 42 academic hours

Course Dates
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Monday, June 17 – Friday, June 28, 2024

Admissions Requirements
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  • Official transcript with Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0 or the equivalent.
  • Medical forms signed by a doctor, vouching for participant’s health and ability to participate in a program abroad.
  • Dormitories Contract (if residing in dorms).
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