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Minor in Disaster Management


Click the image above to access the Disaster Management Fact Sheet (.pdf).

Supplement your Degree with an Interdisciplinary Minor in Disaster Management (18 credit hours) at EKU

What do earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, wildfires, building collapses, hazardous material incidents, pandemics, and terrorist attacks have in common?

Consider the social impacts of terrorism, or the environmental consequences associated with oil spills. The economic disruptions caused by hurricanes, wildfires, and global pandemics are significant and reach well beyond local, state, and national boundaries. In fact, disasters commonly disrupt the economy, the operation of businesses, infrastructure systems, and government services. Regrettably, they may also result in loss of life, and damage to property and the environment.

Experts predict that the frequency of extreme events and their costs will continue to climb. To help confront this challenge, the Disaster Management concentration at Eastern Kentucky University provides students an opportunity to study disaster phenomena and formulate 21st century mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery strategies. Courses offered in support of this concentration provide applied and experiential learning environments in the form of disaster simulations and exercises, and reinforce many professional skills, such as risk and geospatial analysis, and planning associated with disaster resilience.

Given that all aspects of society are impacted by disasters, students from diverse backgrounds and academic disciplines are encouraged to consider the value of adding disaster management to their undergraduate or graduate portfolios.

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