Disaster does not have to mean tragedy, and in this class, Dr. Yuko Nakanishi will provide an overview of disaster response management. She will explain the guidelines, plans and resources available through FEMA, including the National Incident Management System, National Response Framework and National Preparedness System. Students will learn the different types of disaster response plans, the planning process from how plans are developed to how they are maintained and updated, organizational structure outlined by the Incident Command System, and principles of resource management. Many vital questions will be addressed, including: What defines an effective response? What actions, procedures and practices facilitate it? What factors impede it?