How can you better prepare for earthquakes and fires? You're probably familiar with the story of San Francisco, California, which, in 1906, experienced a significant earthquake. However, the major damage to the city was actually caused by fires that followed the earthquake. In today’s terminology, addressing multiple aspects of a disaster like the one in San Francisco is called a multi-hazard approach. It's easy to see that disasters are made of a physical element (such as a building) and a social element (how the community responds to the disaster, how well they can recover). To properly help society prepare for disasters, there is a need to address both the physical and the social elements.
Challenging RISK (Resilience by Integrating Societal and technical Knowledge) is a research project that aims to positively impact people’s preparedness for natural disasters, such as earthquakes and household fires. The project team works closely with citizen scientists—members of the public who are interested in participating in scientific research—encouraging their involvement in guiding the research and developing solutions. The team works with members of the community through a Participatory Action Research (PAR) approach, which focuses on life in society and democracy, engagement with experience and history, and soundness in thought and growth of knowledge. This means that issues are explored with the community’s collective experience to find solutions that work for everyone. These solutions may include mapping community resources, building kits containing emergency items, or designing emergency family plans with regular practice drills.
Preparing for a disaster may seem like a big task, but to help, Challenging RISK has come up with this list of 9 "Fix-its" (things you can do yourself) to improve your preparedness for a disaster:
In this lesson, you'll use data collection and the 9 Fix-it safety checks to help a homeowner association (HOA) develop tools to support their community members' disaster preparedness for earthquakes and home fires. A secondary objective is to build an inventory of emergency assets that the HOA might leverage from its members in case of an emergency scenario (such as earthquake or major fires).
|Create a survey||Create and publish a survey in the Survey123 for ArcGIS website.||60 minutes|
|Complete and submit the survey||Open the survey in a web browser and in the Survey123 field app to generate sample survey data.||15 minutes|
|Analyze survey data||View the survey data results in the Survey123 website.||10 minutes|
|Share your survey data||Share your survey results in a web app to display the data in an interactive map.||10 minutes|