Leveraging GIS for Disaster Risk Reduction

Do you want to be involved with your city, county, or local Federal office planning that is in charge making your community safer? This class is for those that want to learn how GIS can proactively prepare communities for potential disasters.



Don’t settle for training that’s driven by people who don’t run projects.

When you learn from a Bootcamp GIS expert you get:

Technical experience

Industry insights

Professional network


Leveraging GIS for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)

Join GIS for DRR and get access to 9 modules that give you the template to create your own GIS-Centric Disaster Risk Reduction analysis platform.

Disaster Risk Primer

(aka Understanding the Forest Planning Rule)

The Box of Reason

(aka How to scope and plan for long term success)

Knowing the Players

(aka Get active with community building)

Top to Bottom Profile

(aka Develop a hazard profile for your region)

Hazards Everywhere

(aka Map out hazards and safe areas)

Understanding Exposure

(aka Proactively look at your community assets)

Weighing the Risks

(aka Geospatial risk analysis)

Informing without Alarming

(aka Communicating and planning)

Deal with the Dynamics

(aka Evolving the analysis as you learn more)

You also get access to these bonuses

Bonus 1:

Planning templates and meeting facilitation tools

value $99

Bonus 2:

Access to an experienced practitioner's insights

value $129

Bonus 3:

Assessment approach to community needs

value $199

Enter our online GIS program anytime.

It's a flexible program. Pick just one course or complete any 6 to earn your GIS certificate.

Focus your learning where the best GIS jobs are.

A common GIS education path has been to pursue a Masters program in GIS. But it’s widely known in the industry that new geography grads are not getting enough exposure to cloud, mobile, and new geospatial programming environments.

So we assembled a world class team to teach you how to be the talent that the geospatial industry WILL HIRE. Compare the experience of our industry instructors and you’ll see why we top the list of best online GIS certificate programs.

Earn your GIS Certificate in 6 months with flexible choice of classes.

Take the GIS classes you want, when you want, at the price level you want.

• Knowledge builder- asynchronous learning

• Professional builder- live instructor access

• Certificate builder- college certificate in GIS

Video Demos

Narrated industry stories and software demos


Applied tasks using data and GIS software

Instructor Access

Instructor review and feedback on deliverables


Project sign off and college certification


What can you achieve with these DRR skills?

With these skills you will be equipped to lead or contribute to any regional Disaster Risk Reduction plan.

Become Central to DRR

You will learn how to be central in the Disaster Risk Reduction process.

Define Hazards

You will learn how to define hazard areas and inventory assets that shed light on potential disaster consequences .

Engage the Community

You will learn how your ArcGIS Online products can compel a community toward improved and more dynamic disaster planning


About the Instructor


Since 1992 Nate has worked at the confluence of geospatial information and disaster management in both the domestic and international domains. He has been a pioneer in this discipline though his work at USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, FEMA’s GIS Solutions Branch, and the DHS Geospatial Management Office. He draws on his field experience as an emergency first responder and international humanitarian. Nate has taught this course at a number of universities.  

Nate spends his free time playing, coaching or cheering on his kids at lacrosse throughout the Eastern half of the US. Beyond lacrosse, a perfect day includes hiking historical landscapes to better understand the past and connect with great events and those that lived through them.

  • Why my course is useful

    This course ties together the disciplines of disaster management, planning and GIS in a way that allows them to exceed the sum of their parts and make communities safer. I believe that once you take this course you will see the world in a different, more integrated way and better understand how you can make your community safer, while also developing your career goals.

  • Why I built it

    Following years of supporting disaster response with GIS capability, I came to realize that response was too late! It became clear that GIS had the potential to help communities break the formula of vulnerability and keep these tragedies from occurring in the first place. However, GIS could not do it alone as it takes good science, quality data and an understanding of planning and communications to really affect change.

  • What I hope for you

    My hope is that you and those you train will see the value in these tools and approached and use them to make your communities safer. I also hope that your contributions will be recognized and that your career will advance and as you ascend, this approach will become widely adopted at the highest levels of government and the community.


Leveraging GIS for DRR

Who is this class for?

The GIS industry is projected to be worth $18B by 2023. Despite this massive growth in new applications, there hasn’t been a single place for all of us to quickly learn tried and true skills from successful Subject Matter Experts (SMEs). Until Now! The people that purchase this course are:

  • College students and graduates looking to get fast track industry insights

  • Government professionals looking to retrain themselves and remain relevant

  • Corporate professionals looking to maintain a competitive advantage with relevant projects


Talk to us and we’ll figure out your best path into the industry by suggesting project managers, companies, networks, and a GIS job recruiter. It's simply the best GIS career advisement in the world.