Week 4 – Discussion 1
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Prior to beginning work on this discussion, read Chapter 7 in your textbook.Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.
Public Health Disasters and Preparedness [WLO: 1] [CLOs: 4, 5]
Prior to beginning work on this discussion, read Chapter 7 in your textbook.
Read through the emergency disasters below and select one to address for this discussion:
- Scenario No. 1: “Dragon/Volcano Emergency Response” download
- Scenario No. 2: “Vaccine Gone Awry Emergency Response” download
- Scenario No. 3: “Hurricane Hunter” download
- Scenario No. 4: “Snowmageddon” download
- Scenario No. 5: “Zombie Apocalypse” download
Imagine you are the director of FEMA using NIMS when this disaster occurs. Complete the following steps using the scenario you selected:
- Develop a video, using the instructions below, delivering a public announcement that informs the population of what will be done to resolve the issue. Your video should be at minimum 4 minutes in length. Address these elements in your video:
- Describe the nature of the situation.
- Explain what FEMA and others are doing to mitigate the situation.
- Explain what people need to do to stay safe or to get help in order to reduce panic.
- Use an appropriate vocal tone to reduce panic and provide a solid explanation of the above elements. Review the Writing Center’s Presentation Tips (Links to an external site.) to maximize your results. Preparing and delivering a clear message, like you would for a PowerPoint presentation, is also important in video presentations.
Instructions to record video:
In order to complete this discussion, you may use the native video tool in your classroom. Please review the Canvas Video Submission Instructions (Links to an external site.) in order to get started. This guide will familiarize you with the tool and review how to record your video to the classroom.
As an alternative, you may use an external platform called Screencast-O-Matic (Links to an external site.). Please review the instructions provided by the Screencast-O-Matic Quick-Start Guide (Links to an external site.) to get started. This guide provides information about using the tool and includes directions to upload your video to the classroom. You do not need to develop a PowerPoint presentation. This discussion is meant to assess your communication abilities; therefore, the audio portion of the video or screencast is essential. If you elect to use the screencast option, you may simply use a picture of yourself or an image that is both professional and aligns with the topic to report the above information in lieu of a PowerPoint. If you choose to use another video recording tool for your submission, please follow the guide instructions to upload an MP4 video file into your classroom using the same steps.
If you have approved accommodations through the University and need an alternative option, please contact the instructor.
All submissions require an upload of the video to the classroom. Submission of a link to a video does not fulfill the submission requirements.
Think about the following questions while formulating your response to the public:
- What are the issues you will address first?
- Which organization is responsible for what? Where will you allocate your resources?
- What public health concerns are the results of each of these events?
- Which populations might be most at risk?
- What are some of the long-term health effects of these events?
- What other health concerns may arise from these events?
- What will you say to the people, who are desperately awaiting your direction?
Scenario Response Due by Day 7: Imagine that you are the recipient of the public announcement made by your classmates. In responding to at least two classmates who used a different scenario than you, explain how you would respond and react to your classmates’ public announcement. Address these questions specifically:
- Explain how you felt your needs were or were not taken care of based on the FEMA director’s statement.
- Examine a few elements that you would add or remove from the announcement.