EASC 111: The Disaster Log


The disaster log should only consider natural disasters, that is those that occur without the aid of humans. Such things as oil and toxic materials spills, airplane crashes (unless caused by something like a hurricane or volcanic eruption), and human induced explosions should not be considered. While the log itself should be kept as an ongoing log throughout the course, only a summary of each disaster that occurs should be turned in. In other words, let's imagine that there is flood that begins somewhere on May 20. On the first day 250 homes are flooded resulting in 40 million dollars in property damage, with no lives lost. But the flooding continues for another two weeks. Each day the news media reports new events, such as number of new homes flooded, number of lives lost, loss estimates in various towns, etc. You should try to keep track of all of this information for your log. What you will turn in at the end of the course as your disaster log is a summary of the entire disaster, rather than the notes you keep to compile this summary.

Any disaster that is ongoing at the beginning of the semester is to be considered part of the assignment. For any disaster that begins during the semester, but is not completely finished by the end of the semester, you should report as much information that is available up to the deadline to turn in the log.  The source of your information must be from one of the following news websites:

CNN (www.cnn.com)

FOX (www.foxnews.com)

CBS (www.cbsnews.com)

ABC (www.abcnews.go.com)

MSNBC (www.msnbc.msn.com)

The final disaster log summary must be typewritten and should include the following information in this format.

Although you may work with others on this log, the final work must be yours, in your own words. Thus, exact duplicates or logs that are copied word for word from another person will be considered a violation of the honor code.

Entries in the disaster logs must be numbered in chronological order as near as is possible.  Part of the grade will be based on the ease with which the instructor can read and grade the log - appearance will count.  You must use this format for your log.

Place the print out from the web pages at the end on the log in chorological order.

Type a cover page for the log with your name and date of submittal clearly indicated.

In addition to the log, you must include a map of the world showing the location of each disaster.  Print out and plot your locations on this map.  This map must be placed after the cover page.