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Module 1: What is Risk?

  • Introduction to various terms related to risk, including hazard, vulnerability, exposure, and disaster
  • Provide examples of risk in everyday life and examples that are specific to natural hazards
  • Introduce the ideas associated with risk analysis, evaluation, and mitigation

What is Risk? (PPT)

What is Risk? – Teacher’s Lesson Plan


Module 2: Risk Perception

  • Explain the importance of understanding risk perception
  • Provide explanations and examples of the most important factors of risk perception
  • Emphasize the role of risk perception in risk management and mitigation

Risk Perception (PPT)

Risk Perception – Teacher’s Lesson Plan


Module 3: Risk Communication

  • Explain the challenges behind communicating risk
  • Provide examples of specific barriers to communication that can affect risk messaging
  • Provide a basic framework for effective risk communication
  • Emphasize the importance of risk communication in risk mitigation

Risk Communication (PPT)

Risk Communication – Teacher’s Lesson Plan


Module 4: Vulnerability

  • Introduction to the concept of vulnerability and its importance in risk analysis
  • Demonstrate various ways to think of vulnerability: hazard dependent, hazard independent, pre-disaster, post-disaster
  • Describe the social levels of vulnerability that are averaged to determine overall vulnerability
  • Provide background information on hazard vulnerability assessments (HVAs)

Vulnerability (PPT)

Vulnerability – Teacher’s Lesson Plan


Module 5: Probabilistic Risk Analysis

  • Introduction to concepts of probability, uncertainty, and their relevance in hazard risk
  • Explain the idea of analyzing risk while incorporating probabilities
  • Demonstrate a basic methodology for risk analysis using everyday examples
  • Describe the benefits of probabilistic risk analysis (PRA) as a decision-making support tool

Probabilistic Risk Analysis (PPT)

Probabilistic Risk Analysis – Teacher’s Lesson Plan


Module 6: Risk Management

  • Emphasize the purpose of risk management
  • Explain the relationship between risk perception and risk management
  • Differentiate between proactive and reactive management and provide an overall approach to disaster management
  • Introduction to enterprise risk management (ERM) and its value to an organization

Risk Management (PPT)

Risk Management – Teacher’s Lesson Plan


Module 7: Mitigation and Adaptation

  • Define terms mitigation and adaptation and other related terms, such as risk tolerance and risk appetite
  • Describe common risk mitigation activities
  • Explain the role of insurance policies and provide examples of types of insurance
  • Provide reasons why people may choose not to invest in mitigation and/or not buy insurance
  • Discuss the idea of education as a beneficial form of risk reduction

Mitigation and Adaptation (PPT)

Mitigation and Adaptation – Teacher’s Lesson Plan



Module 8: Risk & Natural Hazards

  • Describe what a natural hazard is and the associated risks it presents
  • Provide reasons why people might choose to accept risky situations
  • Explore decision-making strategies used to manage the risks that natural hazards pose

Natural Hazards Module

Module 8 Teacher’s Lesson Plan

Module 9: Earthquake Risk Management

  • Describe how earthquakes occur and how they are measured
  • Provide examples of how earthquakes affect the environment and ways engineering can help minimize damage
  • Recall best practices to use to help your community prepare for an earthquake

Earthquake Risk Management (PPT)

Module 9 Teacher’s Lesson Plan

Module 10: Flood Risk Management

  •  Identify the causes of floods and how they affect people differently
  •  Provide examples of flood mitigation strategies
  •  Recognize best practices to use to help your community prepare for a flood

Flood Risk Management (PPT)

Module 10 Teacher’s Lesson Plan