Disaster Law and Policy

2.00 crs. , 3.00 crs.

This course examines the law and policy of disasters (natural and technological) as stages along a “circle of risk management”—from hazard-mitigation planning, to emergency response, to cost sharing and compensation after an event, to long-term recovery. The course will emphasize the role of public policy as well as practical lawyering skills. In the process, students will gain full exposure to the Stafford Act, the National Flood Insurance Program, the workings of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and its relationship to other agencies, relevant constitutional principles, and the U.N. Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.