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EPS 20 assignment:
Personal earthquake preparedness

Complete your own personal earthquake preparedness plan. There are three components to this:

  1. An assessment of the safety of your (a) campus apartment or room, and (b) family home. Are there any hazards that you can remove or reduce? Include digital photos (if possible) of the hazards and what you did to fix them (if you can).
  2. A plan of what you will do during and after an earthquake. Again this should be done for the situation when you are (a) on campus in your room, and (b) at your family home.
  3. Disaster kits. Make a list of what it should include and explain why each item is needed. Where will it be stored? There should be two kits, one for (a) your campus room or apartment, and (b) at the family home.

Each of these three components should be a maximum of 500 words. It is fine for you to list points as bullets, in which case your text will be far fewer words while still having all the content. Your mark for this exercise (and future exercises) will be based on the content, not on the fact that you have used up the allowed number of words. You will receive little credit for simply copying lists from various webpages.

To obtain full credit

  1. Your work must demonstrate a real effort to identify hazards to you personally and remedy them when possible.
  2. There will probably be more than just two plans for during and after and earthquake. There should be one for when you are in your campus room/apartment, one for when you are at the family home, and there may be additional plans for when you are in a classroom, in a lab etc.
  3. Your list of content for your personal disaster kit should include consideration of who else you may need to help or take care of after an earthquake e.g. your roommates, your family members etc.

You can find more information about making a disaster plan, preparing a disaster kit and mitigating hazards around you at:

There are many more websites with suggestions...google