This course prepares students to meet the growing demand for emergency and disaster management planning through the mitigation phase of Emergency Management. Current practices are the result of a growing recognition that all levels of government, service organizations, and the private sector must become involved in collaborative mitigation of existing hazards in order to lessen the impacts of a full range of natural and human-caused disasters and their consequences. In this course, students will analyze the key factors that shape the planning environment and process. They will apply current policies, laws, and guidance to the development of a mitigation plan for a community, organization, or business. Although the development of a completed emergency/disaster plan requires the involvement of many stakeholders and is beyond the scope of this course, the draft mitigation document students will develop will provide students with the skills needed to effectively lead a disaster planning team.