Hazard Mitigation and Preparedness

Post your response to one of the following discussion questions for Module 11, HMP Chapter 10 and HMP 1st edition Ch13 (PDF provided). Please, copy the question you are commenting in your response. Your initial response for each selected question has to be at least 250 words. Please add a word count at the end of each response. Cite the weekly readings and other sources, if needed, to support your comment. Past and current hazard events are recommended to talk about as examples in your comments. You also have to comment on one initial response from other students.


Q1: What elements of your community’s risk assessment process would you choose to display on maps? Why? What are some of the sources you would use to create your maps?

Q2: What role does the risk assessment play in creating the city’s mitigation strategies? Identify the natural hazards that affect your community (Orlando); determine if any are chronic hazards. What is the most concerning in your neighborhood/house? Are there any particular group that could be particularly affected by that hazard?

Q3: What can past events tell us about the frequency and magnitude of natural hazards in one place? Searching online, try to learn a little bit about the history of Orlando regarding hazards/disasters and assess the probability (hint: you can use table 10.2 as a guide) and potential magnitude/intensity (hint: you can talk about the category of the hurricane, the magnitude of the earthquake etc.) of the following hazards: tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, excessive rainfall, and extreme cold/snowstorm.

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