Creating a Natural Disaster Blog/VoiceThread to Understand Resilience
In these two assignments, student groups create blogs on selected natural disaster events such as the 1964 Alaska Earthquake and the 2014 Oso, Washington Landslide. Groups of four students create content in the following categories: description of event, cause of disaster, response & recovery, prediction & prevention. Each student writes a 500-word blog following the guidelines provided (Assignment A). After the blogs have been posted, each student completes a set of questions on natural hazards and resilience and posts two blog comments on disasters and resilience (Assignment B).
- In this activity, students are reinforcing concepts and content on geologic processes related to natural hazards, as well as reporting on response & recovery and prediction & prevention for specific communities impacted by a natural disaster.
- Students will compare disaster events to existing models and use that criteria to evaluate the event.
- Students will develop the ability to communicate effectively in an engaging way using a blog or VoiceThread format.
- Students will discuss the resilience of specific communities after a natural disaster. Risk will be assessed in the blog or VoiceThread description of the event.
Context for Use
Description and Teaching Materials
Activity Description (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 119kB May14 14)
Teaching Notes and Tips
References and Resources
FEMA National Disaster Recovery Framework
See Figure 1: Disaster Recovery Continuum Description of Activities by Phase
CDC Disaster Recovery & Mental Health
What is a VoiceThread?