Short Course Description
Disaster planning and management cannot be done without societal context. Yet, many decision makers and crisis planners often overlook the sociological and psychological components that are crucial for appropriate disaster management. In this course we will discuss key concepts in the socio-psychological determinants of disaster management, including: resilience, public preparedness, psychology of risk communication, etc. We will analyze the effects of those factors on human behavior in the context of preparedness to emergencies. We will use several examples to highlight the importance of psychological context in emergency planning. The course will enable students to better understand the role of socio-psychological factors in emergency management and to develop tools to incorporate them into their management skills.