Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

First Advisor

Amy N. Javernick-Will

Second Advisor

Ray L. Littlejohn

Third Advisor

Sherri Cook


Benjamin Franklin, in an essay titled The Way to Wealth, said, “An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” This adage remains relevant when applied to addressing the impact and risks of natural disasters on the built environment, particularly in developing communities. However, we currently lack an understanding of the post-disaster training programs implemented within communities affected by disaster events. This research examines shelter reconstruction programs within nineteen communities that were struck by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013 in the Philippines. Specifically, I first characterized training programs and the learning styles of community members through the lens of Experiential Learning Theory. Then, I explored potential factors that influence the retention and reapplication of trained material. The results of this thesis can apply to future implementation of training programs, while also identifying avenues for expanded study into the impact of training on post-disaster communities.