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Science of Disaster (L-102)

Course Description

This course provides the participants with an overview of scientific principles and concepts that shape our increasingly dangerous world. The contents of the course include the following:

  • Introduction to Science of Disaster provides a definition and benefits of science.
  • Earth Science describes how the Earth's design sets the stage for the world's natural hazards including earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, and landslides/sinkholes.
  • Climatology describes the scientific basis of common atmospheric hazards including convective storms, tropical cyclones, and other hazardous weather.
  • Chemical and biological basics identifies the scientific basis of chemical and biological threats.
  • Explosive, radiological, and nuclear fundamentals identifies the scientific basis of those threats.

Selection Criteria: This course is intended for newly appointed emergency managers from Federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial emergency management agencies, and prospective professionals transferring from another discipline to emergency management.

Course Objectives

  • Indicate how earth science principles and processes influence natural hazards, including earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, ground failures, and floods.
  • Indicate how climatological principles and processes influence natural hazards, including convective storms, tropical cyclones, nor’easters, winter storms, temperature extremes, and droughts.
  • Indicate how chemical and biological principles and processes influence natural and human-caused hazards and impact society.
  • Indicate the scientific basis for explosive, radiological, and nuclear hazards and their impact on society.
  • Indicate how scientific understanding can improve emergency preparedness.

Mission Areas

  • Mitigation


  • Emergency Management

Primary Core Capability

Threats and Hazard Identification
Date(s)  Mon. Mar 20, 2023 0800-1700 
Tue. Mar 21, 2023 0800-1700 
Wed. Mar 22, 2023 0800-1700 
Location Wake Tech Public Safety Training Center - Wake County
321 Chapanoke Road, Raleigh NC 27603 
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Handicap Accessibility Yes
WiFi Access  
Offered By North Carolina Division of Emergency Management 
Primary Instructor FED, Direct Delivery 
Additional Instructors Brock, Michelle   
Course Length 3 days 
Course Hours 24 
Award Credentials
Prerequisites An Introduction to Exercises (IS-00120.c)
Introduction to Incident Command System ICS-100 (IS-00100.c)
An Introduction to the National Incident Management Sys (IS-00700.b)
Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response (IS-00200.c)
National Response Framework An Introduction (IS-00800.d)
Fundamentals of Emergency Management (IS-00230.e)
Recommended: current version IS 0100.b, Introduction to the Incident Command System ICS 120.a., An Introduction to Exercise; IS 0200.b. ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents IS 0230.d, Fundamentals of Emergency Management IS 0700.a, National Incident Management System, An Introduction IS 0800.b, National Response Framework, An Introduction
Equivalent Prerequisites G-100, NC189, G100, SURRY-CL-ICS100mapw2, SURRY-CL-ICS100mapw3, SURRY-CL-ICS100mapw1
Maximum Participants 25
# Open Seats 4
# on Wait List 3
Attachments NCEM Travel Packet
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