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This course is an introduction to policies intended to prepare for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the damage done by natural disasters, industrial accidents and intentional (terrorist) attacks in the United States. The costs posed by natural and technological hazards have always been high, and these issues, while relatively low on the public’s agenda, are continuing sources of challenge for public managers at all levels of government. The September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States raised the specter of catastrophe in the United States and, for one of very few times in American history, raised emergency preparedness and management to a high level on the agenda, at least briefly.