Hurricane Katrina / Great Hanshin-Awaji Disaster Collaboration
As one person, how can I make a difference in the wake of a natural disaster?
Photo Credit: Hurricane Katrina LA1 by News Muse is licensed under CC by 2.0
This unit introduces learners to different types of natural disasters, exploring how their potential devastation could be reduced, and how during and in their aftermath, individuals, civil society organizations and government can provide assistance to help those impacted by the devastation. This unit was created as part of a collaborative initiative on promoting youth philanthropy education through a global network between the United States and Japan.
The learners will become aware of human need brought about by natural disasters and will compare domestic experiences with parallel events on the other side of the world.
The learners will identify those natural disasters that could befall their state and/or local area, and discuss the impact that these disasters could have in terms of human, property, and/or capital losses. They will also explore forewarning/alert and preparedness programs, as well as the role of community capital, in helping to reduce the impact of such disasters.
This lesson introduces the learner to some of the resources--individual, organizational (for profit and non profit), and governmental-- available to provide forewarning/alert, preparedness programs, as well as relief during and in the aftermath of natural disasters.