1 Paper format: MLA # of pages: 3 Instructions: Problem-solution essay: How will your family survive? Required length: 825 words (thats about three pages), in MLA format, with Works Cited Use at least one outside source, such as a credible website that discusses the problem your family faces, and use at least one quotation from that outside source.
You may use The Unthinkable as a source, if you prefer.
Introduction: Amanda Ripley, in The Unthinkable, says that smart survivors have learned that the more they learn about the things that scare them, the less scared they feel.
The first and most important task is to get smart about risk.
(219-220) We live in Southern California, so we need to think about such catastrophes as earthquakes, floods, fires, or even terrorist attacks.
Which one worries you most? Which risk do you want to learn about? How will your loved ones survive, in the event that catastrophe occurs? Directions: Choose one risk you feel you face in Southern California, and research that risk.
Decide what would best help your family or loved ones if that risk occurs.
Then write a problem-solution essay directed to your family or loved ones: Based on what you know about the risk and about your loved ones, what is your position on disaster preparation, and what should you and your loved ones do if such a catastrophe occurs? Ideas: Since this problem-solution essay will be written directly to your family, youll want to look at our geographical area and your familys particular concerns.
* Start at www.
com and use Ripleys sources to begin your research.
* Read Ripleys appendices in The Unthinkable.
* Plan or put together a survival kit containing necessary equipment you might need.
* Practice what you or your family will do during/after the catastrophe, and then describe the results of your practice.
* Think about and discuss what each of your loved ones needs to do.
Will they each have specific roles or tasks to complete? Are there any fears that need to be addressed? Do you have a central meeting place? Do you have a way to get in contact with each other if power (including cell towers) fails? * Discuss what survivor responses your family might expect from different family members, based upon your knowledge of them and their reactions to daily life.
Then discuss how that family member might best prepare him/herself.
* Look at your own and your familys physical health, your home, your neighborhood, and the nearest help (fire station, ambulance), and then discuss what strengths and weaknesses you face in planning for survival.
* Discuss what particular fears you and your family have about surviving the catastrophe, and then research how to lessen those fears.
* Develop a budget for your familys survival needs, including the survival kit, pet supplies, hotel costs, transportation, or anything else you think will be important.