Reflecting on the principles of emergency management, consider, assess and describe your individual
level of preparedness. In this assignment you’ll first explore your preparedness as a member of a
community and then you’ll use your own investment/perception/attitude about preparedness to suggest
three ways a culture of preparedness could be instilled in you and your peer-group. The objective is for
you to explore the benefits, burdens, and realities of preparedness through a critical consideration of
yourself – the focus on yourself is intentional here.
1. Describe your personal level of preparedness:
a. how informed are you about the hazards and risks you are exposed to;
b. what is your source of information and how frequently do you update your personal risk
c. what preparedness actions have you taken? Do you have a plan for different hazards?
Do you have supplies? Do you have copies of key information you would need if you
2. If you were to assign a grade to your level of preparedness (A-F) what grade would that be?
Describe the criteria/rubric you used?
3. Account for your level of preparedness:
a. what factors have driven your current level of preparedness? (For example: knowledge,
cost, time, your personal risk judgements, etc);
b. what do you consider the most difficult part of preparing?
4. Based on your reflection and descriptions in tasks 1, 2 and 3 do you consider yourself to be
representative of your peer-group? Are you more or less prepared than others?
5. Identify and describe two elements you consider key to promoting a culture of preparedness.
You can focus on individual preparedness or community preparedness – just be sure you define
this scale in your submission.
Reflect on your own preparedness as you explore fostering a culture of preparedness. Your reflection
write-up is your opinion – supported with examples and linked with readings from class.
The write-up should take the form of a paper using complete sentences and emergency management
themes, concepts, principles and terminology. Be sure you address each point outlined as a task
above – there isn’t a page limit here just be sure to cover the tasks outlined.
Due at or before 11:20am on 02/11/21 via e-courseware dropbox.
STARTING POINTS …
Find several preparedness distributed by FEMA (including ones for college campuses, kids/families,
etc.) at https://www.ready.gov/publications or at http://www.memphis.edu/crisis/emergency_info.php
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