Certificate in Emergency Preparedness

Certificate in Emergency Preparedness: Developing & Evaluating Mitigation Plans

Doha, Qatar:

March 13 and 14, 2017 at Marriott Marquis, City Center

Muscat, Oman:

March 19 and 20, 2017 at Hormuz Grand Hotel

Emergency Preparedness: Developing & Evaluating Mitigation Plans is a two-day intensive course that provides professionals with the fundamentals of developing mitigation plans. Drawing on the strengths and expertise of Georgetown University’s Executive Masters of Professional Studies In Emergency & Disaster Management, the primary focus of this course is planning and preparedness; specifically hazard mitigation and post-disaster recovery plans. Beginning with an introduction to the concept of planning as a means to reduce the risk of hazards, the course will span the disaster cycle and bridge theoretical and applied approaches to emergency and disaster planning.

During the course, program participants will:

  • Study the theoretical framework of risk, planning, mitigation, and recovery.
  • Develop an understanding of planning processes, including drafting plan objectives, creating stakeholder outreach strategies, conducting risk assessments, and managing mitigation/recovery processes.
  • Conduct comprehensive reviews of existing mitigation/recovery plans using an evaluation matrix, in addition to discussing and addressing plan shortcomings.
  • Apply the theoretical frameworks covered throughout the course in the development and evaluation of participant-designed mitigation plans with guidance from faculty experts.
  • Present their plan evaluation, and discuss how they might incorporate elements from the short course and workshop in updating and reviewing their plans.


Who Should Attend?

The ideal participant is a mid-upper level executive seeking a well-rounded understanding of risk management and post-disaster recovery planning in order to correctly assess potential hazards and manage response efforts. Participants in this course have a stake in the operational continuity and success of businesses and preparing organizational resilience to restore operations quickly in the post-disaster environment.

Professionals or executives overseeing enterprise risk management in organizational settings and professionals with responsibility for emergency management and preparedness across a wide range of industries and sectors will benefit most from this course. Employees in the defense, security, hospitality, tourism, medical, airline, transportation, airport operations, civil aviation, meteorology, events (Dubai 2020 / Qatar 2022), and telecommunications industries, as well as those working with multinational companies, are encouraged to participate.



  Day 1 Day 2
7:45 a.m. Breakfast and registration Breakfast and registration
8:15 a.m. Risk and planning Evaluating plans exercise

10:45 a.m.

Mitigation and recovery

Reviewing and scoring plans: discussing improvements

12:30 p.m. Networking and lunch Networking and lunch
2:00 p.m. Participatory mapping exercise Participant presentations: incorporating course lessons
4:00 p.m. Evaluating plans Debriefing  

Agenda may be adjusted to reflect class and participant needs.


About the Speakers:

Dr. Tim Frazier 

Dr. Tim Frazier is an associate professor and faculty director of the Emergency and Disaster Management program at Georgetown University. He received his Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University, where his research focused on the vulnerability and resilience of marginalized populations to climate change and natural hazards. He is an expert on coastal hazards, vulnerability, resilience, and risk assessment, and is a leading researcher on the physical and socioeconomic impacts of sea level rise. His research aims to help at-risk communities increase their capacity to adapt to and mitigate the impact of natural disasters. 

Frazier has taught and developed a range of courses centering on the interactions between humans and their geographical environment, and has received multiple faculty and teaching awards. He serves on the editorial board of three journals and reviews grant proposals for agencies including the Department of Homeland Security and National Science Foundation, among others.

Alexander Peterson

Alexander Peterson specializes in geographic and whole community approaches to emergency and disaster management. He is the research manager for the Hazards & Climate Impacts Research Center and co-founder of a startup with specialty in land use planning and hazard analytics. His work focuses on applying quantitative and qualitative methodologies to bridge the academic-practitioner divide commonly found in the discipline. His past research and work experience includes climate change impacts on ecosystem services; energy system vulnerability to climate change; modeling and analyzing drought and drought impacts; and utilizing remote sensing to determine wildfire impacts on different biomes in the Western US.

Throughout his career, Alexander worked alongside the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Energy, the Forest Service, and Google. 


Cost: $825/QR3,000/OMR318

*Seats are limited. Enrollment will only occur upon payment submission.


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