Be Smart, Be Prepared! Planning an Emergency Backpack
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This page first made public: May 24, 2018
Skills and concepts that students must have mastered
How the activity is situated in the course
Content/concepts goals for this activity
- Brainstorm essential components of an emergency supply kit
- Discuss earthquake and tsunami preparedness
Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity
- Develop and present a poster or skit that highlights earthquake and tsunami safety
Other skills goals for this activity
- Working in groups
- Oral presentation
Description and Teaching Materials
Be Smart, Be Prepared! Planning an Emergency Backpack Activity (Acrobat (PDF) 173kB May21 18)
The same activity but with a Pacific Northwest USA emphasis was done by the Cascadia EarthScope Earthquake and Tsunami Education Program (CEETEP)
Teaching Notes and Tips
- It essential to teach about geohazard preparedness from a frame of empowerment. "Take these steps and you and your family will be safer" has been showing to be more effective at eliciting behavioral change than trying to scare people by the horribleness of potential disasters. They do need to understand what hazards exist but then discuss preparedness from the point of view of "what they can do" to be safer.
- Although this activity is oriented towards earthquake preparedness in Alaska, a emergency supply kit is valuable no matter where you live. Other hazards such as tornados, hurricanes, wild fires, landslides, chemical spills, terrorist attack or any other event that could cause you to suddenly need to leave your home on short notice.
References and Resources
- Are you prepared for the next big EARTHQUAKE in Alaska? - Alaska's earthquake preparedness booklet
- The activity was presented as part of the EarthScope ANGLE Educator Workshops.
- Contact ANGLE with questions or comments.