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Community mapping (Short course)

A self-led online course on working with a community to create a map of the local area


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About this course

One of the ways to understand a community – its geography, its resources and its people – is to draw a map. Community mapping is a useful tool to help a community prepare for a disaster.  

This short course will enable you to support a community to draw useful maps of the local area and to use them to identify risks and resources. It is suitable for both those who are experienced in disaster preparedness and response, and those who are exploring for the first time how to help a community reduce the risk of disaster.

This short course on community mapping has been taken from the in-depth online course Disasters and the local church.

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Course details

What does this course include?

  • community mapping top tips
  • knowledge of how to use a map to identify the risks and resources in a community
  • scenario based activities

What will you gain from the course?

You will gain confidence and the skills to work with your community to create maps that will be useful inpreparing for, responding to and recovering from disasters 

How long will it take?

It will take approximately 20 minutes to complete this course.


This course is free.


Once you have completed the course you will be able to download a certificate.

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