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Teaching about Risk and Resilience Activities

These activities have been submitted by faculty from a range of disciplines as part of the 2014 workshop: Teaching about Risk and Resilience. The activities use a wide array of pedagogic approaches to address teaching about risk and resilience.


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Using a Town Meeting Scenario to Explore the Impacts of Hurricane Sandy
Jennifer Haney, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
In this role-playing activity, students are assigned into groups which will explore specific roles related to Hurricane Sandy. A mock town meeting scenario where the community is requesting input for how to address the challenges of rebuilding their homes, businesses, and infrastructure allows for the class to learn more about the multiple perspectives, issues, and interests resulting from this devastating disaster.

Grade Level: College Upper (15-16)
Subject: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Extreme weather, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Extreme Weather:Hurricanes
Special Interest: Hazards

Seismic Evaluation of Buildings
Dr.G.P.Ganapathy, VIT University, Vellore 632014, India
Check list to retrofitting of buildings based on Rapid Seimic evaluation of the buildings

Grade Level: Graduate/Professional
Subject: Engineering, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Earthquakes
Special Interest: Hazards

Understanding flood risk at the community level
Lisa Doner, Plymouth State University
University level activity on floodplain risks. Uses FEMA maps and SERC river geomorphology videos.

Grade Level: College Lower (13-14)
Subject: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Floods/Fluvial Processes, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards
Special Interest: Local Issue, Hazards

Usefulness of Google Earth/Wikimapia as risk predictor and damage/ resilience assessment tools
Charlene Sharpe, Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Google Earth/Wikimapia tools for risk prediction, damage and resilience assessment.

Grade Level: College Lower (13-14)
Subject: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards, Geography, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology
Special Interest: Computer-Based, Hazards

Developing a Multi-Hazard Mitigation Strategy
This page is authored by Rebekah Green, Western Washington University.
As a culminating assignment in Natural Hazards Planning, students work in teams to create 15-year mitigation strategy for a selected jurisdiction using the FEMA 386 methodology for prioritizing mitigation options.

Grade Level: College Upper (15-16)
Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Environmental Science:Land Use and Planning, Environmental Science, Geography, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards
Special Interest: Student Selected Problem, Hazards

Creating a Natural Disaster Blog/VoiceThread to Understand Resilience
Anne Hall, Emory University
Student groups create blogs or VoiceThreads on selected natural disaster events including a description of the event, the cause of the disaster, response & recovery, prediction & prevention and resilience to the event.

Grade Level: College Lower (13-14)
Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards
Special Interest: Hazards, Student Selected Problem

Developing a risk communication strategy
Bruno Takahashi, Michigan State University
This exercise will allow students to develop a comprehensive risk communication strategy.

Grade Level: Graduate/Professional

The Science of Disasters eTextbook Activity
Sian Proctor, South Mountain Community College
The Science of Disasters etextbook is a Softchalk activity designed to give students an introduction to disaster terminology including risk and resiliency. It is typically used as a pre-reading assignment for non-science majors in an introductory disasters class.

Grade Level: College Lower (13-14)
Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards
Special Interest: Hazards

Role playing the 2009 L'Aquila Earthquake and trial to debate responsibility for communicating and understanding risks and natural hazards
Amber Kumpf, Muskegon Community College
In this activity, students reenact key events leading up to and following the 2009 L'Aquila Earthquake and trial. This leads into a debate on responsibility for communicating and understanding risks and natural hazards.

Grade Level: College Lower (13-14)
Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Earthquakes
Special Interest: Hazards

Calculating sea level changes
Shimon Wdowinski, University of Miami

Grade Level: College Lower (13-14)
Subject: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Coastal Hazards, Geoscience:Oceanography, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change, Climate Change:Impacts of climate change, Geoscience:Oceanography:Marine Hazards, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Environmental Science, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Impacts of climate change
Special Interest: Data, models, or simulations, Hazards, Quantitative



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