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Map Your Hazards! – Assessing Hazards, Vulnerability and Risk

Author(s): Brittany Brand1, Pamela McMullin-Messier2, Melissa Schlegel3

1. Boise State University 2. Central Washington University 3. College of Western Idaho

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The Map Your Hazards module provides students an interactive mechanism to engage in place-based exploration of natural hazards, social vulnerability, risk and the factors that shape their communities perception of natural hazards and risk.

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Version 1.0 - published on 11 Jan 2018 doi:10.25334/Q4QX1J - cite this


Students discover local natural hazards and social vulnerabilities, and assign levels of risk to areas within their community. By personalizing risk in their communities, students are motivated to develop skills in locating and applying credible geologic and social science data to map hazards (see Unit 1).

Students examine their community's state of knowledge, degree of risk perception and level of preparedness by conducting survey research within their social networks. Students analyze survey results by developing and testing research questions, which require them to compile and plot data and interpret graphs of results (see Unit 2).

Students synthesize and present their findings to specific stakeholders in their communities. Students make recommendations, based on their module results, to increase the level of preparedness for natural hazards that can impact their community. Students involved in the piloted module trials reported sincere interest in learning more about their community's risk from natural hazards and vulnerabilities (see instructor stories). They also reported feeling empowered to make a positive impact on their communities through making preparedness recommendations (see Unit 3).

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