Natural Disaster's Final

Disaster Summary

The Disaster Summary is to be turned in on (or just before) the last day of classes. This will be your final. The disaster summary should only consider natural disasters. 

The Disaster Summary will consist of information, as outlined below, on the eight worst disasters that have occurred during the time period of the course. The worst disasters will be those with the greatest number of casualties and/or economic damage. It is possible that each person's list of the worst 8 disasters will differ as in some cases not enough information is available to determine the actual economic damage. In order to come up with the worst 8 each person will have to keep track of all disasters throughout the time period of the course, then determine which of the disasters are among the worst 8. 

For any disaster that begins during the semester, but is not completely finished by the end of the semester, you should report as much information that is available up to the deadline.

 The final disaster summary must be typed and should include the following information

  • Type of Disaster (i.e hurricane, earthquake, eruption, landslide, etc.)
  • Beginning date of the disaster
  • Location of the Disaster (some countries are large, so just reporting the country is not sufficient).
  • A description of the disaster and a detailed description as to the cause of the disaster
  • The total economic loss due to property damage, lost business, downtime, cleanup, and recovery etc., if available (in dollars). If a monetary figure is not available, provide information on such things as the number of structures destroyed, the number of people affected, the number of acres destroyed, number of livestock destroyed, etc
  • The total number of human casualties/injuries
  • Mitigation - A well thought out statement of what, if anything could have been done by humans to have prevented or reduced the economic damage and number of casualties for each disaster. This mitigation statement will be a significant part of your grade on this assignment. 
  • Sources of information (APA 6th)
 Although you may work with others on this log, the final work must be yours, in your own words. Thus, exact duplicates or logs that are copied word for word from another person will earn a zero.

The Disaster Summary must be in chronological order (earliest to latest) as near as is possible. Part of the grade will be based on the ease with which the instructor can read and grade the summary - appearance will count. I suggest a table format. 

 Disaster Summary Rubric (how you will be graded)

Category

2

1

0

Chronology

Is in chronological order from earliest to latest (less than one is out of order)

2 or more events are out of chronological order

No chronology

Organization/ Neatness

Typed, has easy to follow organization

Typed, no apparent organization

Not typed OR impossible to understand

For each disaster competed (should be eight total) – no credit will be given if disasters are fictional

Type of Disaster

Accurately names the type of disaster and any resulting disasters

Accurately names type of disaster, does not discuss resulting disasters

Does not name type of disaster, OR wrong disaster

Beginning date of the disaster

 

Accurate beginning date is given

No date OR wrong date given.

Location of the disaster

Pinpoints the location of the disaster and discusses the entire area it effects.

Location is vague OR entire area affected is not discussed

Wrong location OR too general OR not given

A description of the disaster

Detailed description of what happened

Description with few details

Does not describe

A detailed description as to the cause of the disaster

Detailed explanation that includes the type of disaster in general and this disaster specifically

Detailed explanation that includes the type of disaster in general OR this disaster specifically

Explanation is very basic

Total economic loss

Includes all available information on property damage, lost business, downtime, cleanup, & recovery costs

Includes the basics of economic loss, but does not include all available information

Does not list

Total human casualties

Includes numbers of injured and dead

Includes numbers of injured OR dead

Lists inaccurate (not up-to-date) numbers OR does not list

Mitigation

Statement of what was done and could have been done by humans to prevent or reduced the economic damage and casualties

Statement included, but does not specifically address mitigation of that disaster

No statement about mitigation

Sources of information

Includes all sources of information, correctly cited and alphabetized

Includes all sources of information, but are not alphabetized OR not correctly cited

Does not include all sources, or only partial sources


Final work appears to be that of the student, was not copied from any other student. 

Students will lose full credit for turning in exact duplicates.

Organization


Out of 4 points


 


Disaster 1

 

Out of 17 points

Disaster 5

 

Out of 17 points

Disaster 2

 

Out of 17 points

Disaster 6

 

Out of 17 points

Disaster 3

 

Out of 17 points

Disaster 7

 

Out of 17 points

Disaster 4

 

Out of 17 points

Disaster 8

 

Out of 17 points


 


Student Grade

 

Out 174 points