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Natural Disasters: Hurricanes


Approximately 14 minutes

Course Description:

The course "Natural Disasters: Hurricanes" gives a brief overview of the formation and power of hurricanes. It also provides emergency response worker guidelines for Personal Protective Equipment, promotes awareness of hurricane hazards, and addresses other topics relevant to public health and hurricanes.

This course was created by Pacific EMPRINTS, at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Anthropology. Creation of the course was funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Grant No. T01HP6427-0100.


This course fulfills, in part, the following Core Competencies for Teaching Emergency Preparedness to Health Professions Students and Clinical Personnel:
  1. Explain the concepts of and describe functional response roles for one’s profession, health agencies, and community members.
  2. List and describe the different phases of disasters.
  3. Explains the concepts and describes selected methods of hazards risk assessment and all hazards planning.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:
  1. Understand the causes, strength, speed, and destructive force of a hurricane.
  2. Take appropriate preventative measures to reduce the likelihood of contracting illness from contaminated water and contaminated food.
  3. Recognize potential health hazards while working in relief efforts during and following a hurricane.
  4. Describe the established guidelines for Personal Protective Equipment for emergency workers and safe handling of human remains.

Target Audiences:

Physicians, Nurses, Dentists, Pharmacists, Veterinarians, Emergency Medical Services personnel, Other Public Health personnel

Certificate of Completion:

A Certificate of Completion is available to be printed for this course upon completion of the post-test with a score of 80% or higher.

Cost: FREE*

*subject to change without notice.