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Crisis & disaster management

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    5 Months

Despite mitigation and prevention efforts to prevent crises and disasters, these situations still can occur. In our semester, we will discuss the core principles of crisis and disaster management in the public and private sectors.

This is an exchange programme from the School of Governance, Law and Urban Development.
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Aim of the course

This semester focuses on the activities related to the direct preparation and provision of assistance as well as intervention immediately before, during or after an emergency, disaster or crisis. We will do this from both a national and international context.

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Cooperation with professionals

During the course students will work together with professionals from the field to analyse hazards, exposure and vulnerabilities and to discuss about the preparation and response measures.

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Risk management and crisis management activities are often divided into four categories: mitigation, preparation, response and recovery. 

Mitigation activities can take place both during the recovery from a disaster and as a pre-event activity. The overall objective is to prevent that unsafe situations can take place and to minimize the impact in the event of a disaster. Preparation can be described as those activities and measures taken in advance to ensure an effective response, such as the enhancement of emergency capacities through the development of a contingency plan or business continuity plan or through training of response activities. Subsequently, response compromises all activities to fight an emergency immediately before (during an imminent threat) or directly after an emergency has taken place, to save lives or to minimize damage to property or reputation and to enhance the effectiveness of recovery. Recovery compromises all measures that are required to return to a normal situation.

In this semester, we mainly focus on the preparation phase, including planning and training and on the response phase. These phases are discussed from different perspectives including:

  • a legal perspective, focussing on the legal requirements
  • an organizational perspective, focusing on the way emergency response activities can be organized
  • a strategic perspective, focusing on the strategic choices that should be made during emergency preparation and response
  • an operational perspective focusing on the actual emergency management organization and the command and control structures during emergencies.

We will use the Dutch system of managing emergencies as a starting point, but also reflect on these practices from an international perspective. In this semester attention will be paid to:

  • Crisis and disaster management in the Netherlands and in an international context;
  • Safety perception, risk and crisis communication;
  • Crisis management exercises.

In addition, you will also work on a group assignment in our Safety&SecurityLAB.  You will make use of assignments provided by our partners from the safety and security domain.  This assignment is supervised by lecturers from Saxion.

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