Tsunami Vertical Evacuation Structures (TVES)
This activity was selected for the On the Cutting Edge Exemplary Teaching Collection
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- Scientific Accuracy
- Alignment of Learning Goals, Activities, and Assessments
- Pedagogic Effectiveness
- Robustness (usability and dependability of all components)
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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
- Describe requirements of a tsunami vertical evacuation structure and why they are needed in some circumstances
Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity
- Design and build a scale model of a tsunami vertical evacuation tower or berm that fits the needs of the target community both during and not-during a tsunami
Other skills goals for this activity
- Make a presentation about the design process and final model elements
- Work in a group
Description and Teaching Materials
Tsunami Vertical Evacuation Structures (TVES) Activity (Acrobat (PDF) 6.9MB May22 18)
Teaching Notes and Tips
- It essential to teach about geohazard mitigation from a frame of empowerment. "Take these steps and your community 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. Learners 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 version of the activity is targeted for the USA's Pacific Northwest, it can be adapted for any area with tsunami and high ground to far for some residents to evacuation to.
- If this is done in a physics or engineering course, there are many aspects of forces and loads that can be brought into the project (see video: Tsunami Forces and Structural Design for Vertical Evacuation)
References and Resources
- FEMA resources
- 2017 news article about North America's first tsunami vertical evacuation structure - an elementary school in Westport, Washington
- Original CEETEP webpage for this activity
- The activity was presented as part of the EarthScope ANGLE Educator Workshops.
- Contact ANGLE with questions or comments.