9. Capstone Project

I am sure that by now you have an appreciation for how disasters can be mitigated, if not completely prevented, through a combination of monitoring, improvements to infrastructure, and education. The purpose of the Capstone Project is for you to use the skills and knowledge you gained in this course to teach others about hazards. For this project, you will create an educational tool aimed at teaching others about hazards in their community. Your project will be based on one of your Case Studies, so use what you already learned as the basis for your work.

Please note – the above video is a little bit outdated, but covers the scope of Unit 9. Some inconsistencies: whitepaper – I got rid of this part of the requirement for Unit 9 because I feel you have written enough already! Just make your education product, as explained below. I refer to the unit as Unit 8  in the video but really this is Unit 9.

Dates:  April 24 — May 2

Estimated Time to Complete:  9 to 12 hours over one week

  • Individual research – 3 to 6 hours
  • Educational Product creation –  about 6 hours

Learning Goals:

  1. Choose one of your case study disasters from Unit 5 or 6.
  2. Review your case study and correct any issues or errors (if needed)
  3. Design an informational product that could be used to teach people about the science behind the disaster, monitoring and mitigation efforts, and how to prepare to safeguard life and property should a similar disaster strike again.
  4. How to use video, poster, or comic book (or other clear, simple, and engaging tool) to convey to people important hazard, monitoring and mitigation, and preparation information in case a similar disaster happens again.


Capstone Assignment – Upload to Blackboard

Conveying hazard information to at risk communities should be through clear, easy to use, engaging (or even interesting or fun) media. Commonly used tools include: short video “infomercials”, easy to display posters, or even comic books! For this project, you will choose one of your Case Studies and use it as the basis to create an engaging, simple educational tool to teach others about one of your case study hazards and what they can do to prepare for the next disaster. You choose the tool you want to use for the most impact with a public audience. Examples are given on the Tools/Resources page. Use your completed Case Study assignment for the relevant information you need for each part of your educational tool that can be used to teach a public audience with little to no science background about the hazard, how to be prepared, and what to do afterward.

A few tools you can use:

Comic books

Pixton – free trial!

Make Beliefs Comics – free as far as I can tell

Videos for infomercials

Screencast-O-Matic – free!

YouTube – Through your UA google apps account

Presentation media (for videos, posters)

PowerPoint – make posters, slides for a video

Keynote (for mac users)

Canva – Free, online – no Microsoft or MacOS required!

Option 1 – Create a  ~15  minute long “Infomercial”

Option 2 – Create a Comic Book (must be at least 3 pages long, at least 2 strips on each page)

Option 3 – Create a poster (multi-panel, must address each category below)

Required components for your project:

  1. Include a simple, clearly-labeled hazard/risk map to explain to a public audience the type of hazard most likely to impact them, and an overview of their risk for a future, similar, event.  The map should be simple and easy to read.
  2. Include a description of the basic science of the hazard using at least one, clearly-labeled diagram that describes the science (e.g., how faults work, how a landslide works, etc). Be sure to include a figure caption explaining the figure.
  3. Teach people about one current monitoring method in place. Include a  figure explaining how the monitoring method works . Be sure to include a figure caption explaining the figure.
  4. End by giving a brief overview of how the community should prepare for the next disaster. Use the FEMA course you took for Unit 8 for specific disasters as a guide as to what to include. For example:
    • How to become educated about the hazard
    • What to do before disaster strikes to prepare
    • Specific supplies to have on hand
    • How to survive the event. For example, in case of tsunami, head uphill away from the coastline.
    • What to do afterward to reconnect with family, friends and find help if needed

*Please let me know if you are willing to let me share your project with the University community and/or the public.

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