Sample Lecture: Emergency Management Amid a Pandemic and Other Disasters


Originally published on June 26, 2020

Every day we watch the COVID-19 crisis unfold, we brace for a summer of hurricanes reported on the news, and we watch as communities across the U.S. and around the world rebuild after natural disasters. But have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes when natural disasters occur? Are you curious about how agencies and localities describe, plan for, respond to, and recover from disasters? 

In this sample lecture, Professor Tonya Thornton Neaves walks us through how to talk about disasters, the history of relief responses and how we manage them, and even what those pesky "act of God" clauses" mean on your insurance policies. Take a deep dive into emergency management and learn how you and your community can be prepared for whatever might come your way.
—Christine German