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AWR-371-W: Addressing Gaps in Disaster Housing Recovery: Pre-Disaster Planning



Full program description

Course Overview:

This course will provide the learner with an overview of disaster housing and the impacts that it has on disaster recovery.  The learner will review case studies of recent disasters where housing was impacted and analyze the lessons learned from these events.  An overview of emergency planning will also be provided.  The course will present best practices in housing recovery planning to include identifying and engaging essential partners.  Finally, an overview of available resources, toolkits, and checklists will be presented.   


This awareness-level course addresses the importance of planning for housing recovery before a disaster occurs.  This course addresses the National Preparedness Goal objective of “recovering through a focus on the timely restoration, strengthening, and revitalization of infrastructure, housing, and the economy, as well as the health, social, cultural, historic, and environmental fabric of communities affected by an incident” (DHS, 2015) and the Recovery Mission Area, Core Capability of Housing. 

The goal of this course is to provide learners with tools and best practices for creating a housing recovery plan before a disaster occurs.  Case studies of actual disasters will be used to illustrate the concepts that are provided in the course.  Tools and resources that learners can use to assist in formulating their plan will also be provided. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Given the course text regarding the National Disaster Housing Strategy, the learner will identify the factors that influence a community’s housing-related pre-disaster planning and preparatory measures with 80% or greater accuracy on the post-test.  
  • Given a case study, the learner will identify how housing-related pre-disaster planning can prevent the severe economic effects of a disaster on a community, with 80% or greater accuracy on the post-test. 
  • Given a list, the learner will identify key steps that a community must take to create a strong and low-cost pre-disaster housing plan, with 80% or greater accuracy on the post-test. 
  • Given a resource matrix from the course, the learner will identify relevant requirements, checklists, and toolkits that a community should use in its pre-disaster housing planning efforts, with 80% or greater accuracy on the post-test.

This project is supported by Cooperative Agreements EMW-2020-CA-00064, EMW-2021-CA-00092, EMW-2021-CA-00093, EMW-2022-CA-00037, and EMW-2023-GG019446 administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Points of view or opinions expressed in this document are those of the author and do not represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.