Richard John, William Burns
October 2009 to September 2010
This paper demonstrates a novel approach for learning about earthquake victims behavioral responses to an emergency situation in the immediate aftermath of an earthquake. Researchers developed an emergency scenario that describes students’ reactions following a magnitude 7.8 earthquake that leads to complications that escalate over eight episodes. Subjects were assigned to scenario simulation groups (SSG) of about a dozen students each and instructed to discuss how they would cope with problems and issues as if they were the people described in the scenario. Subjects first discussed their reactions and the potential decisions they might have to make as a group. They were then asked to individually record their behavioral intentions, cognitive reactions (concern) and emotional state (fear) in a survey instrument. Subjects’ responses were tracked over the eight episodes of the scenario.