Topic 2: Understanding and Communicating Risk Exposure and Costs

TEACH YOUTH PREPAREDNESS THROUGH EXAMINING HISTORIC DISASTERS

HISTORIC CASE BASED LEARNING OBJECTIVES: CONSEQUENCES OF NOT BEING PREPARED, LEARN THE IMPORTANCE OF PLANNING, KITS, PREPARATION, WARNING SIGNS, AND COMPLYING WITH PROTOCOL.

BACKGROUND: From a position of hindsight we can all learn by examining historic disasters, then, attempt to uncover mistakes, followed by an attempt to address (ways and means) to be better prepared in future incidences.

PURPOSE: Rather than leave the past behind, we learn from mistakes made, leverage unfortunate past incidences as teaching points, such that, the reader will be confronted by the seriousness of being prepared, understand the consequences of not being prepared, gain insight into the importance of learning and adopting basic methods and tactics that will enhance their outcome in future incidences.

METHODOLOGY: Much like the approach of recent commercials devised for the anti-tobacco campaign (which pointed to the harsh realities and consequence of cancer), this thread will point to a past disaster and the consequences of not being prepared and/or complying with authorities. A select (simplified) case study is exemplified whereby a disaster occurred that might have been handled better by the local community (and/or damages and human losses limited) if the victims were properly versed in basic topics of Preparedness (and/or complied with local authorities). Demonstrate that individuals who do not learn, plan, practice, and utilize “National Preparedness” information are (being naïve and/or maladaptive). This topic exemplifies some basic ways preparedness can save lives and/or property.

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