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COURSE CAN HELP DEAL WITH URBAN HAZARDS

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Earthquakes, tornadoes and mud slides are not at the top of most people's list of concerns when they go shopping for a new home. But they are concerns that should be addressed.

"Natural Hazards for Urban Dwellers" is a new summer course that will be taught at the University of Utah by Fred May, state hazard mitigation officer for the Utah Division of Comprehensive Emergency Management."Often, what people think will happen in a disaster event is not the case," says May. "People need to understand the reality of disasters."

The class will help home buyers avoid hazardous homes by asking the right questions. While most homes are built in safe areas, some are in potentially hazardous areas.

Class discussion will illustrate how natural hazards can affect local homeowners.

The class will meet on Wednesdays from 7:15 to 9:45 p.m. June 28 through Aug. 16.

A second course, "Natural Disasters of this Century," will also be offered. If will examine natural disasters worldwide since the 1800s.

The course is part of a program to certify students in disaster reduction planning through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:15 to 9:45 p.m. June 27 through Aug. 15.

For more information or to register, call the U. Division of Continuing Education, 581-6461.