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Principles of Planning for Disaster Risk Reduction

COCA and MRC Outreach Call Series

COCA has partnered with NCEH/ATSDR Office for Environmental Health Emergencies and the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) on a conference call series related to Disaster Risk Reduction. The call series will provide MRC volunteers and clinicians with an accurate understanding of the public health and medical consequences of natural and man-made disasters (including terrorism); and the principles taught in the Disaster Risk Reduction curriculum will assist them in making decisions that support community public health resiliency. This is the second call in the series. Learn more about MRC

Date:Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Time:2:00 - 3:00 pm (Eastern Time)


Mark Keim, MD
Senior Science Advisor
Office for Environmental Health Emergencies
National Center for Environmental Health
Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention


Public health emergencies often evolve rapidly and become too complex for effective improvisation; therefore, an effective response requires planning in advance of the event. Effective planning strategies should include Disaster Risk Reduction tactics to mitigate the health impact of disasters. CDC is working in partnership with the Medical Reserve Corps to provide public health, medical and other volunteers with an accurate understanding of the principles of Disaster Risk Reduction. These principles will assist volunteers to make decisions that support building community public health resiliency. Please join us for this COCA call where a subject matter expert will discuss the principles for effective, efficient and orderly processes for disaster planning.


At the conclusion of the session, the participant will be able to accomplish the following:

  • Describe the characteristics of an effective disaster risk reduction plan
  • Compare and contrast objective-based planning, operational level planning, and capacity-based planning
  • List steps required for exposure reduction, susceptibility reduction, and resilience strengthening following a disaster

Call Materials

Call Format

  • Live webcast and audio conference call on 9/18/12: 2:00 - 3:00 PM
  • Web-on-demand training after 3:00 PM on 9/18/12
  • Materials: PowerPoint slide set

Additional Call information

Continuing Education

Target Audience

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Veterinarians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Health Educators
  • Other Clinicians


Additional Information

  • Contact
  • Support/Funding:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Emergency Risk Communications Branch
  • Method of Participation:You may participate in the educational activity by viewing the program information above.
  • Fees:COCA continuing education credits are free.