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This independent study course is offered both as independent study and as a prerequisite to successful completion of the more technical course (of the same name), offered by the Emergency Management Institute (EMI). The information presented in this course provides essential, nontechnical background knowledge about retrofitting. The retrofitting measures presented are creative and practical, comply with applicable floodplain regulations, and are satisfactory to homeowners. It is assumed that students planning to attend the technical course at EMI will have mastered this content.