UW Extension to Offer Distance Learning Class on Disaster Prevention

March 8, 2001

The course, (URBDP C598, “Toward More Sustainable Communities

Through Hazards Mitigation”) will focus on how to spot natural hazards and reduce their impacts. Students will deal with a variety natural disasters, but will draw heavily from the recent experience of the Nisqually earthquake in Puget Sound.

Students will not have to step into a classroom to take the course — all

information, assignments and discussions will take place over the Internet,

and most material will be available online. This is the first time UW

Extension has taught this course through distance learning.

The course is aimed mostly at planners in government and private

organizations where the risks from natural hazards are significant.

Students will be encouraged to come to class with real world problems for


To register call (206) 543-2310 or 1-800-543-2320, or visit the Extension

office at 5001 25th Ave. NE.(near University Village) or the downtown office

at 1325 Fourth Ave. (Union and Fourth streets), Suite 400. The course’s

registration number is 31090. Though the course is not yet ready for

registration, students will be able to sign up on the waiting list, to be

contacted as soon as it is.

For more information, contact Trisha Dvorak, program manager, at (206)

685-6443, or by e-mail at tdvorak@ese.washington.edu