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Hazard Mitigation Training for Vulnerable Communities
A K.A.P.S. (Knowledge, Attitude, Preparedness, Skills) Approach

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ISBN 9781032010700
May 12, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
216 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book is designed to educate vulnerable communities, emergency practitioners, and disaster researchers to build up the social and physical capacity of communities to mitigate and adapt to disaster impacts. With climate change escalating the intensity and range of disasters, we have entered an unprecedented time. The tools in the book allow researchers, practitioners, and community leaders to adopt new training techniques that are more engaging and effective using a bottom-up framework to integrate knowledge, attitude, preparedness, and skills (K.A.P.S).

The book is comprised of two main resources: a guidebook designed for instructors including researchers, practitioners and community leaders, and a workbook designed for residents living within multi-hazard communities. Including a full range of templates, worksheets, survey questions, background information, and guidance for carrying out training, all of the material has been field-validated to meet research standards. 

The framework is designed to serve as an adaptable model that national and international audiences can utilize to better prepare their communities for disasters related to hurricanes, floods, and tornadoes. As climate change continues to ravage communities, the K.A.P.S. training program will prove to be an important tool for community trainers and academics across a range of hazards and disasters.

Table of Contents

Part I: Disasters and Communities

1. Disaster Education as a Form of Community Capacity Building

2. Climate Resilience and Justice

3. Social Construct of Vulnerability

Part II: The K.A.P.S. Model

4. Applying the Knowledge and Attitudes in K.A.P.S.

Applying the K (Knowledge) in K.A.P.S.

Applying the A (Attitude) in K.A.P.S.

How do we teach it?

What do we teach?

5. Applying the Preparedness and Skills in K.A.P.S.

Applying the P (Preparedness) in K.A.P.S.

Applying the S (Skills) in K.A.P.S.

How do we teach it?

What do we teach?

Part III: Implementing K.A.P.S.

6. Building A K.A.P.S. Community Training

Step 1: Community Profile

Step 2: Stakeholder Recruitment

Step 3: Requesting Fiscal Support

Step 4: Designing the K.A.P.S. Curriculum

Step 5: Participant Recruitment

7. Implementing and Evaluating a K.A.P.S. Community Training

Scheduling the Workshop

The Size of the Workshop

Obtaining Consent

Risks and Benefits

Workshop Flow

Approaches to Evaluating K.A.P.S.

Getting to Know the Data

Preparing the Data

Analyzing the Data

K.A.P.S. Disaster Preparedness Index for Researchers

K.A.P.S. Disaster Preparedness Index for Practitioners and Community Leaders

Presenting the Data for The K.A.P.S. Disaster Preparedness Index

Ensuring Reliability and Validity

8. Epilogue

Appendix A: Lesson Plans

Appendix B: Materials to Build a K.A.P.S. Community Training

Appendix C: Material for Implementing and Evaluating a K.A.P.S. Community Training

Appendix D: International/national Community Preparedness Resources

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Joy Semien is an Interdisciplinary Multi-hazard Research Scientist and Community Capacity Builder. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Dillard University (2015) in Biology and a Master of Science from Texas Southern University (2017) in Urban Planning and Environmental Policy, where she published the K.A.P.S. framework to train High-Risk Communities. Joy works at the Hazard Reduction Recovery Center at Texas A&M University. At the center she seeks to turn research into action in an effort to increase marginalized multi-hazard communities’ ability to prepare, respond, and recover from disasters. Her research interest focuses on developing methods to uniquely bridge systemic gaps across disciplines while exploring the intersectionality’s of hazards, race, and social justice. 

Earthea Nance is committed to working with vulnerable communities at disproportionate risk of hurricanes, oil spills, floods, pollution, and inadequate water and sanitation. She conducted community-based research after Hurricane Katrina, during the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, and in communities without access to water and sanitation in Brazil and Mozambique. After Hurricane Harvey, she brought community and equity perspectives into regional disaster policy during her service on the Greater Houston Flood Mitigation Consortium and on the Harris County Community Flood Resilience Task Force. Earthea currently directs the Community Environmental Leadership Program, which provides certified environmental science training to community leaders. Earthea earned her Ph.D. degree from Stanford University, and MS and BS degrees from the University of California-Davis. She has been a registered professional civil engineer for 25 years, and a certified floodplain manager for 12 years. Dr. Nance currently teaches at Texas Southern University.