This project was a response to the natural disaster, Hurricane Dorian. Hurricane Dorian caused great devastation in the Bahamas, leaving a great need in many categories. There are a plethora of different things that could benefit the country. They need money, people to help clean up debris, restoration of buildings, and so much more. But, what I want to do to help them is create an educational grouping of content. Natural disasters like Hurricane Dorian bring up hundreds of additional issues that people most likely do not think about. This is why educated people on the matter is extremely important in order to revive the Bahamas.
I created a printed leaflet that contains information about what the Bahamas have experienced, as well as information on the cycle of preparation, response, and recovery for natural disasters. This cycle is extremely important for people to be educated on. Within the stage of preparedness, there are topics such as technical prevention, monitoring, early warnings, and more. The Response is a large catego- ry. It includes search and rescue, humanitarian aid, damage assessment, mental health help, disaster counseling, self-care/dealing with stress, grief counseling, recognizing and reducing anxiety and PTSD, what to expect for your future family life, work-life, and financial life, how to respond on anniversaries of disaster and death, etc. And lastly, recover hits on topics of environmental cleanup, cleanup safety, debris manage- ment, site management, safety for workers, etc. Many of these topics are ones that are not often thought of or talked about. This is why putting out an educational resource will significantly lessen chaos in the event of a natural disaster.
The physical printed leaflet will be great to have on hand at fundraisers, gatherings for awareness, to send to people in the US to raise aware- ness, etc. But in addition, I will create online access to this information to make it easier to share information with people around the world. This website will have similar and extended information on the topics at hand. It will be interactive and allow people to engage and choose what they want to learn about. By clicking on specific areas, they will be redirected to more information on the chosen topic. The website will also contain a way for people to contribute money to help the Bahamas in their recovery from Hurricane Dorian. They will be able to read all about it and then donate whatever they wish.
I think we all need to be more educated on what to do to prepare, respond, and recover from a natural disaster. Even if you never personally encounter disaster where you live, if you are educated in these areas you will be prepared to help and empathize with others when they enter into this hardship.
Below are my deliverables as well as a document with descriptions of the design development.