Online Local Environment Hazards Education for Young Adults Using a Social Media Platform

Authors: Daniella Edey*, Texas A&M, Courtney Thompson, Texas A&M University, Tracy Hammond, Texas A&M University, Amy Cornwell, Texas A&M University, Josh Cherian, Texas A&M University
Topics: Geography Education, Hazards and Vulnerability, Hazards, Risks, and Disasters
Keywords: Education, natural hazards, online, disaster impacts
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
Presentation File: Download

Although natural hazards cannot be prevented, effective natural hazards education has been found by numerous studies to reduce disaster impacts at individual and community scales. An often-omitted impact of disasters is how children experience disasters and react in their aftermath, including changes in risk perception. Most secondary school curricula does not cover local natural hazards or their impacts in depth. This project seeks to develop content and investigate the cognitive and emotional impacts of a natural disaster on local college students through an online natural hazards education program and examines and how they were impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Changes in their risk perceptions and content knowledge about local natural hazards are identified as they are exposed program. The resulting educational program will utilize an online learning and social media platform and the content produced will focus on local hurricanes and flooding, using Hurricane Harvey as a case study. There are five lesson modules that cover topics on natural hazards and disasters in the context of Texas. Each module contains a pre and post-test to assess the efficacy of the module and student learning objectives with a risk perception survey that will be administered before and after the education program. The results from the education and risk perception surveys are predicted to show improvement in the content knowledge of the students and changes in their risk perceptions post-program. If successful, the program will be modified and expanded for further testing in local high schools.

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