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Description
The reading are organized in to four sets to enhance …Submit one doucment that includes your reactions to the
required readings for all four sets. You can access readings. Set one Disaster, Victims and first responders Set 2
Information needs, Surviellance system, and others Set three : Outreach and resources to to Disaster victims and
responders Set 4: Disaster Emergency Planning and Lessons LearnedINFO 5670: Disaster/Emergency Management
for Information Professionals
Course Requirements
There are four course requirements: (1) Reading Reaction, (2) Disaster Information
Tools, (3) Course Project, and (4) Chat.
Reading Reaction (20%)
Purpose To provide the students with background to issues in
disaster/emergency management.
Description The readings are organized into four (4) sets, designed to enhance the
lectures and assignments. You will submit one (1) document that
includes your reactions to the required readings for all four (4) sets.
You can access the readings through the Reading List linked on the
course homepage.
Set 1: Disasters, Victims, and First Responders
Set 2: Information Needs, Surveillance Systems, and Others
Set 3: Outreach and Resources to Disaster Victims and
Responders
Set 4: Disaster/Emergency Planning and Lessons Learned
Instructions For each set, read all of the required readings. Read all optional
readings that apply to your chosen topic for your course project
(however, you do not have to include the optional readings in
your reaction).
Compose one (1) document that includes the reactions to all four (4)
sets. Each reaction included in the document should follow the
instructions outlined below; therefore, your document will have
approximately 2000-2800 words.
For each of the four (4) sets of readings, read the required articles,
and create a reaction of at least 500, but no more than 700 words, that
includes:
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1. a summative evaluation of the theme of the required articles you
read in each set
2. a mention of how your own life knowledge and experiences
contribute to what you learned from the articles.
3. parenthetical references (example: (Smith, 2004)); feel free to
combine references (example Smith, 2004; Alvarez, 2005;
Martinez, 2007)
4. reference list at the end; you may copy and paste the list of
readings directly from the assignment page in the course.
Submission Submit your document to the appropriate dropbox.
Disaster Information Tools (20%)
Purpose To expose you to key information tools related to
disasters/emergencies.
Description You will be completing an assessment with questions related to key
information tools.
Instructions Answer the questions using the specific instructions presented in the
assessment “Disaster Information Tools.”
Submission Once you answer all of the questions in the Disaster Information Tools
assessment, submit the assessment. Be sure to save your answers to
each of the questions.
Course Project (50%)
Purpose To develop an understanding of a specific disaster/emergency event
and apply disaster information management principles to the specific
disaster/emergency event.
Description The project will be developed in four (4) parts.
Part 1: Overview of disaster/emergency and the information needs of
victims and responders involved in the disaster/emergency
Part 2: Resources to meet the information needs of victims and
responders involved in a disaster/emergency
Part 3: Disaster/emergency outreach program
Part 4: Disaster/emergency management planning
Instructions Each student will be assigned one (1) of the topics from the list below.
Based on the assigned topic, each student will select a real- life event
to focus on involving that disaster/emergency within the past
5 years (i.e. tornado – tornado in Moore, OK in 2013). You will develop
each part of the course project based on the assigned topic and
selected real-life event.
Before you start the course project, you need to familiarize
yourself with the following resources:
National Library of Medicine Disaster Information
Management Research Center –
http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc.html
(Note: There are many components to this site that would be
useful for your course project. Be sure to look at the NLM
Disaster Preparedness and Response Web Links.)
NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Toolkit –
http://nnlm.gov/ep/
(Note: Be sure to explore the disaster planning materials.)
Selected List of Topics to be Assigned
avalanche plane crash
bioterrorism radiation
blizzard rioting
bridge collapse terrorism
cyberterrorism tornado
drought train accident
earthquake tsunami
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flash flood typhoon
hazardous spill volcano
hurricane wildfire
Part 1: Overview Instructions (10%)
Create a PowerPoint presentation that includes the following
elements:
(Note: Slides 1-3 focus on your assigned disaster/emergency
and Slides 4-6 focus on your selected real-life
disaster/emergency event.)
Slide 1: Your name and the assigned disaster/emergency
Slide 2: Definition of your assigned disaster/emergency
Slide 3: Statistical information about your assigned
disaster/emergency, including frequency, deaths, injuries,
losses, and others as applicable. Use state, national, and
international statistics as appropriate. The resources below can
help you to get started:
Natural Hazard Statistics:
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/hazstats.shtml
International Strategy for Disaster Reduction:
http://www.unisdr.org/
Injury and Damage Statistics from Societal Aspects of
Weather at
http://sciencepolicy.colorado.edu/socasp/stats.html
Slide 4: The selected real-life disaster/emergency event you
have chosen and brief synopsis of the event.
Slide 5: Description of the victims and responders of your
selected real-life disaster/emergency event.
Slide 6: Description of the information needs of the victims and
responders of your selected real-life disaster/emergency event.
Slide 7: List of references in APA format.
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Part 2: Resources Instructions (15%)
Create a Word document that contains the following elements about
your assigned disaster/emergency:
1. Your name and the assigned disaster/emergency.
2. Descriptions of ten (10) information resources related to your
assigned disaster/emergency, including the content covered,
target audience, and URL. Create a typical question that can be
answered by the resource, and include the answer to this
question as well as the location where the answer was found.
3. List and describe a minimum of five (5) organizations that could
be involved in your assigned disaster/emergency (i.e. Red
Cross, FBI). Include in your description of each organization
whether they have social media outlets (i.e. Twitter, Facebook)
and mobile websites or applications.
4. Describe current technology (including alert and surveillance
systems) available for your assigned disaster/emergency
including the delivery channel (e.g. radio, television, sirens,
social media, etc.) and availability of alert (i.e. everywhere, only
large towns, etc.).
Part 3: Outreach Program Instructions (10%)
Envision that you are an information professional in the community
that was impacted by the selected real-life disaster/emergency
event. In this role, develop an outreach program (after the
disaster/emergency) for a target group you have selected (i.e.
elementary school students, firefighters). Keep your target group in
mind when developing the outreach program and be creative!
Create a PowerPoint presentation that contains the following elements
about your outreach program for the selected real-life
disaster/emergency event:
Slide 1: Your name, the assigned disaster/emergency, and
selected real-life disaster/emergency event
Slide 2: Title of the outreach program and target group
Slide 3: Goal(s) of the outreach program
Slide 4: Objectives of the outreach program
Slide 5: Description of the content of the outreach program
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Slide 6: Description of how you would market the program to
the target group
Slide 7: Description of how you will interact with the target
group to deliver the program
Part 4: Disaster Plan Instructions (15%)
Envision that you are an information professional who have been
asked to create a disaster/emergency plan for a type of library or
information agency of your choice as well as individual/family
disaster/emergency plan.
(Note: Both of your plans should be based on the assigned
disaster/emergency.)
Part 4.A: Library or Information Agency Disaster/Emergency Plan
Create a Word document that contains the following elements:
1. Your name, the assigned disaster/emergency, and selected reallife
disaster/emergency event.
2. Create a library or Information Agency Disaster/Emergency
Plan. (Note: You may look at examples available from the
Internet. Be sure that you give credit to the sources consulted
credit.)
3. Describe how the library or information agency could maintain
services after the disaster/emergency.
4. Describe how the library or information agency could be tuned
into a warning/alert system for the disaster/emergency.
5. Choose one (1) library or information agency resource that may
be affected by the disaster/emergency, such as: the building
itself; website; electronic appliances; books; workers and
describe steps to protect this resource before the
disaster/emergency.
Part 4.B: Individual/Family Disaster/Emergency Plan
1. Describe the items that you would include in a
disaster/emergency supply kit for you and your family
2. List the FEMA office and any other government offices that could
assist you and your family during the disaster/emergency.
Submission Parts 1 and 3 (PowerPoints) should be posted to the appropriate
discussion forum and Parts 2 and 4 (Word documents) should be
submitted to the appropriate dropbox.
Chat (10%)
Purpose To provide the students with an opportunity to interact with
professional(s) in the field.
Description Students are required to watch the chat recording.
Instructions To View: Please open the Course Content page to view the chat.

Submission Submit your reaction on Watch the Live Chat Recording to the Chat
Reactions in the Assignments Dropbox.
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