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.

455 students enrolled

  • Use ArcGIS Online
  • Gain insights from a domestic and international disaster risk professional
  • Get the exact steps to walk through the process for Disaster Risk Reduction planning
  • Define hazard profiles and delineate hazard areas for your community
  • Generate maps and communicate your GIS analysis
  • Advance your knowledge of risk to meaningful actions, making your community safer

You’ve worked hard, but want better career results.  Our program helps when…

  • You are looking to enter a cool industry that makes a global difference.
  • You feel like your academics are leaving you unprepared to enter industry.
  • You want a course that teaches you a solution rather than just software.
  • You want to connect with industry instructors and networks.

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

Planning templates and meeting facilitation tools

Value $99

Access to an experienced practitioner’s insights

value $129

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.


Knowledge Builder


Online Anytime

  • Professional network access
  • Development sandbox
  • GeoExpert webinars
  • Video coursework

Professional Builder


Instructor Access

  • Professional network access
  • Development sandbox
  • GeoExpert webinars
  • Video coursework

Plus these exclusive features:

  • Live instructor interaction
  • Multimedia portfolio creation
  • Connections to our partners

Certificate Builder


Earn Certification

  • Professional network access
  • Development sandbox
  • GeoExpert webinars
  • Video coursework

Plus these exclusive features:

  • Live instructor interaction
  • Multimedia portfolio creation
  • Connections to our partners

Plus college certification:

  • Career coaching
  • 2.4 CEUs (some schools)
  • Enterprise GIS Certificate

Compare Pricing

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.

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

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.

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:

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.

Top reviews from Leveraging GIS For Disaster Risk Reduction
Bhakti P   Feb 8, 2023

Nate I loved each of our meetings and learning from you.

Jennifer I   Jan 26, 2023

Good course to see how GIS planning is necessary for any community that is susceptible to a disasters.

Brady R   Jan 25, 2023

Thanks Nate for our down to earth conversations about community planning and gis.

Howard D   Dec 17, 2022

Easy class to learn gis webmaps for planning.

Jackie A   Dec 16, 2022

The instructor talks a lot about the people and conversations needed for disaster planning. Simple GIS is all that is needed.

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