laws, policy

Pick one of the following key focusing events, and describe the events that led to the disaster, key lessons learned, corrective actions, and any significant impacts to politics, emergency management practices, laws, policy or regulations that occurred as a result: Mississippi Flood of 1927, Great Dust Bowl of 1930’s, Texas City Explosion of 1947, or the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918.

Hurricane Katrina or the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

The textbook discussed one important aspect of major focusing events and the political issues that can affect response and recovery efforts. In major catastrophes, such as Hurricane Katrina or the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, political controversies and agendas may cause independent actions by lawmakers that detract from disaster response and recovery efforts. Discuss the dynamic that causes this phenomenon, and describe what actions can be taken to reduce the likelihood of this occurring or would minimize the impact.

disaster management

1. What does it mean to be proactive, instead of reactive, in disaster management? In the case of hurricanes, what actions would you take to break the reactive cycle of constantly correcting the previous disaster’s lessons learned, and achieve a proactive process that enhances facility resiliency?
Your response must be at least 100 words in length.

2. Describe the process of Presidential Disaster Declarations and how this process has changed over time. Why were these changes made? Have the changes to this process resulted in improved disaster response and recovery in the recent 2017 Hurricanes Harvey and Irma? Why?
Your response must be at least 100 words in length.

3. Describe the communications confusion problems that inhibited effective response and recovery from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. What caused these problems and what actions would you recommend to prevent similar communications confusion in future major focusing events.
Your response must be at least 100 words in length.

4. The textbook discussed one important aspect of major focusing events and the political issues that can affect response and recovery efforts. In major catastrophes, such as Hurricane Katrina or the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, political controversies and agendas may cause independent actions by lawmakers that detract from disaster response and recovery efforts. Discuss the dynamic that causes this phenomenon, and describe what actions can be taken to reduce the likelihood of this occurring or would minimize the impact.
Your response must be at least 100 words in length.

5. Describe the crisis management difficulties in response to the BP Deepwater Horizon. What were the competing directives that could be considered governing for this disaster? What problems did this cause in execution of response and recovery actions? In your view, which directive should have been invoked, and why? Has this competing directive gap been rectified?
Your response must be at least 100 words in length.

6. Describe the formation of DHS. What changes to DHS and FEMA were made following Hurricane Katrina? Why?
Your response must be at least 100 words in length.

Death And Dying Peer Responses

(T.A) Peer Response one

Death of a parent, sibling, spouse, child(ren) is a tragic event that occurs in our lives, as it is a part of life’s cycle. Though death can occur at any point in the life cycle, the proportion of individuals who died in late adulthood is much greater than at any other time (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015). For many, the consequences of death have a negative impact on their daily lives. In the case study, Victor’s death has put his wife and children in a position they don’t want to be in and they are suffering from it. Although many people experience psychological and physical symptoms following the death of a significant person, particularly of a spouse or child, some individuals appear to react to such losses more strongly than others (Umberson & Chen, 1994).

Factors Driving Reaction

Victor was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and was in and out of the hospital for treatments. However, his condition worsened causing him to have constant care and later died. Since the death of their husband/father, there has been some dysfunction in the family. The factors driving Isabelle’s reaction to Victor’s death is the fact that she will not be able to see him again and leaving her all alone. Currently, 24% of Americans over 65 are widowed and a full third of all older adults live alone (Lopez, Ramos & Kim, 2018). Isabelle is seeking comfort and security from her children. However, her children have their own lives, therefore, is contemplating asking her son Paul to let her move in with his family (Broderick & Blewit, 2015). She doesn’t want to be alone anymore because she is unable to concentrate on anything she is doing.

Paul who is the oldest has the responsibility to take care of his family. The factor driving Paul’s reaction to his dad’s death is that he is too overwhelmed with other things such as his business and his own family. He doesn’t have the time to take a breath because he has been busy a lot lately. Yes, his father dies but, I think that reality hasn’t quite sunk in yet. Once he realizes that his father is not there, it will hit him. Right now, his mind is somewhere else. Sophia wants to believe that her mother is still the same vibrant person she has always known, so she discounts the sadness (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015). The factor driving Sophia’s reaction to her father’s death is that she accepts it. He was fighting a battle with cancer and unfortunately, cancer won. The factor driving Lenore’s reaction is the same as Sophia’s. However, Lenore avoids her mother’s phone call because she doesn’t want to hear the sadness in her mother’s voice and the troubles, she is facing each day living without her husband. The difficulties in communication regarding loss are often compounded by efforts among family members to protect each other from unpleasantness or pain (Safonte-Strumolo, & Dunn, 2000). With Lenore, it seems that she too has accepted her father’s death. Both her and Sophia seem to be handling the situation very well except when it comes to their brother Joseph. During their father’s stay in the hospital, their mother specifically told the doctor that she did not want to have him revived because that was his wishes. However, since it wasn’t on paper it didn’t matter so Joseph and his uncle told the doctor to do what it takes to keep their father/brother alive. So, they inserted a ventilator. This caused a lot of tension amongst Sophia, Lenore, and Joseph. Since then the girls have not spoken to Joseph. As for Joseph, he seems to be having difficulties coming to terms with what happened. It seems he is feeling some guilt for how he handled the situation that brought on unnecessary suffering to his father.

Two healthy coping strategies

For families who have had a death in the family, they can go through a number of emotions. As the manifestation of their mourning, they may lose interest in the world, prefer to isolate themselves from others, dwell on thoughts of the deceased, and suffer from depression (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015). Individuals cope with death in their own way, however, having healthy strategies will help the family. Many Italian Americans have tended to turn to the family for help in solving problems and not toward available mental health services (Safonte-Strumolo, & Dunn, 2000). Therefore, it is important to take into consideration the types of coping strategies that are being used. Therapists, regardless of their own cultural background, should constantly find ways to reinforce a family’s problem-solving abilities (Safonte-Strumolo, & Dunn, 2000). Another strategy is having Isabelle and the children go to the cemetery on a particular day of each month. Although this might be difficult for them, they were reassured that they could draw extra strength from each other, thus reinforcing the value of family unity and support (Safonte-Strumolo, & Dunn, 2000). After all Italian-American families are all about supporting the family.


Umberson, D., & Chen, M. D. (1994). Effects of a Parent’s Death on Adult Children: Relationship Salience and Reaction to Loss. American Sociological Review59(1), 152–168.

Broderick, P. C., & Blewitt, P. (2015). Gains and Losses in Late Adulthood. The life span: Human development for helping professionals (4th ed.) (pp. 556-596). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.

Safonte-Strumolo, N., & Dunn, A. B. (2000). Consideration of Cultural and Relational Issues in Bereavement: The Case of an Italian American Family. The Family Journal8(4), 334–340.

Lopez, F. G., Ramos, K., & Kim, M. (2018). Development and initial validation of a measure of attachment security in late adulthood. Psychological Assessment30(9), 1214–1225.

(C.R) Peer Response Two


Losing a loved one is one of the hardest things to deal with; even when one is diagnosed with a terminal illness, the sadness that comes with the loss of a loved one is something that is undeniably painful. Sometimes, the grief of losing someone is too much to handle on your own and one might seek out counseling as a way to learn to cope. According to Broderick & Blewitt (2015), helping professionals should be knowledgeable in the area of grief and be able to recognize that grief comes in many forms and expressions of mourning can vary between cultures.

Reaction to Terminal Illness and Death

Each member of Victor’s family is dealing with his death in different ways, which is to be expected. Unfortunately, Victor’s wife, Isabelle, is having the most difficult time coping with the loss of her beloved husband (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015). Isabelle had to leave her job at a department store because she had a hard time concentrating while on the clock; furthermore, Isabelle is contemplating asking Paul, her eldest son, if she can move in with his family because living alone is too much to bear (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015). It appears that Isabelle is experiencing depression due to Victor’s death; she has overwhelming feelings that she is at the end of her life and will be like the other lonely widows she knows (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015). Isabelle could benefit from Behavioral Therapy for Depression which would allow her to improve her mood by engaging in “mood-enhancing experiences” (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015).

Unfortunately, the children’s relationships with one another have been negatively impacted by their father’s death (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015). Paul is feeling overwhelmed by the responsibilities that seem to be falling on him because he is the oldest of the children; the daughters are not speaking to their brother Joseph, or his wife; in addition, Victor’s death is causing strain on Joseph’s marriage because his wife feels that he has grieved enough and they need to move on with their life (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015). Lenore avoids talking to her mother because she is tired of hearing the same things over and over; Sophia tries to be there for her mother, but it saddens her to hear her mother constantly reminiscing on her father (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015). The children are all experiencing the grief of their father in different ways. For example, Lenore and Sophia are displaying anger and avoidance toward Joseph because they did not agree with the final decisions made about Victor’s care (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015). Lenore is also avoiding talking to her mother, and although Sophia is trying to stay connected to her mother, she is experiencing trouble (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015).

Isabelle and each of the children are experiencing and handling the death of Victor in different ways. One reason the family is potentially at odds right now surrounds the idea of end-of-life care; the idea of end-of-life care includes 11 principles that are related to the responsibilities of those that provide end-of-life care to patients and the patients’ family (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015). The argument while Victor was still alive was whether or not to take the necessary measures to save his life; this relates to the core principle of “being sensitive and respectful of the patient’s and family’s wishes” (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015). The family was divided in this decision and it created tension within the family that still has not been addressed.

Healthy Coping Skills

Coping with the loss of a loved one is likely one of the hardest things that individuals can experience (APA, 2019). According to the APA (2019), one healthy way to cope with the death of a loved one is to talk about the loss; by talking about the loss you are refraining from avoiding the reality of the situation and this is a way to let your friends and family understand what you are going through. We know that talk therapy is very effective in coping with negative situations and this is a time when an individual could greatly benefit from talking. In addition, talking about your feelings will allow you to accept your feelings about the loss of your loved one and will provide a healthy outlet for all of the emotions that result from such an experience. A second healthy coping skill that can be utilized after the death of a loved one is to remember and celebrate their life and time on Earth (APA, 2019). Some examples of celebrating their life include donating to a charity they felt passionate about, framing pictures of good memories with the loved one, or even passing on the loved one’s name to a new member of the family (APA, 2019). If the bereavement process is too much to handle on your own, or the coping strategies mentioned above to not help, it might be necessary to inquire about grief counseling. Grief counseling can be done in a group setting or in a one-on-one session in which a trained mental health professional helps an individual work through their grief related to the loss of a loved one (Psychology Today, 2019).


Dealing with the loss of a loved one is one of the most painful experiences that one can go through. It is something that never gets easier, no matter how many loved ones you lose. Everyone copes with this differently, and each person goes through the stages of grief in different ways. Although culture and religion play a role in the process of grief some of the best ways to work through these emotions related to loss is to employ healthy coping strategies and to allow yourself to work through your emotions. As we know, keeping emotions bottled up is not a healthy way to cope and can have a negative impact on an individual.


American Psychological Association. (2019). Grief: Coping with the loss of your loved one. Retrieved from

Broderick, P. C., & Blewitt, P. (2015). The life span: Human development for helping professionals (4th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.

Psychology Today. (2019). Bereavement. Retrieved from

Peer Response Assessments

Peer response one (T.H)

Assessments have been used for hundreds of year to measure concepts, gather information, make predictions, and answer questions (Fremer & Wall, 2003). For this reason, what better way to use an assessment than to inform the public of why change needs to be made in the community. For the public to consider the results of an assessment seriously, research and evidence need to be shown to support the test. Supporting the validity and reliability of the test is the most important ways to measure test worthiness (Neukrug & Fawcett, 2015). Making sure that a test given has a purpose or goal in mind is the first step in figuring out test worthiness. To start addressing an issue in the community, I would start with a question and development an informal assessment which is a “homegrown,” subjective assessment that aims to achieve a specific need (Neukrug & Fawcett, 2015). I would use this style to address a concern I have for the public which is to confront the limits society puts on us which hinder our ability to grow and be aware. For example, the questions being asked through today’s surveys, polls, and tests are limited. By limited, I mean, we fail to ask the important questions that provoke consideration to important issues and questions that confront conformity and sensitivity. Recently I took a poll on Facebook that asked questions similar to “when do you prefer to eat breakfast,” “how often do you read a book,” “what form of transportation do you utilize” and all were very self-centered. All the questions on this assessment were cautious, and all of the questions did not encourage people to reflect or elicit awareness. Questions I would use in my assessment are such questions like:

1.    Do you consider Maryland to be a northern or southern state?

2.    When you throw away to-go containers, do you consider the impact your garbage has on the environment?

3.    When you walk past a homeless person, do you feel pity or concern?

4.    Do you consider free healthcare to be an important issue?

5.    When using cosmetic products, have you ever considered the pain and suffering animals have to endure when producing your cosmetic products?

6.    Do you agree with 100% of the views your political party stands for?

7.    Do you believe you are the type of person to support a charitable cause?

8.    If yes, has this belief led you to actually donate or volunteer?

These are some of the questions I would like to include in my assessment to measure the amount of social change the population engages in. During the evaluation, I hope for individuals to gain awareness and evaluate their intentions and if they follow through. People like to assume they are kind and charitable but do their actions match their personal beliefs of themselves. I would like to believe that the information I have gained through this class has awarded me with the ability to push the boundaries regarding tests and assessments and force the community to not necessarily learn something but to start forming their own questions on important issues, challenge their own beliefs, and gain awareness.


Fremer, J., & Wall, J. (2003). Why Use Tests and Assessments? Retrieved from

Neukrug, E. S., & Fawcett, R. C. (2015). The essentials of Testing and Assessment: A practical guide for counselors, social workers, and psychologists. Stamford, CN: Cengage Learning.

Peer response two (S.S)


Promoting Social Change in a Rural Community

As someone who has lived in rural areas for most of my life, it is easy for me to see the lack of mental health awareness and services available to such communities. Working in an urban area has particularly opened my eyes to the realm of services that actually exist and are important pieces of a functioning mental health system. Because many rural areas have limited or no mental health services within a reasonable distance, many people may rely on their primary care providers when they are concerned about their mental health.

Philbrick, Connelly, and Wofford (1996) found that 34% of patients who were given the Primary Care Evaluation of Mental Disorders assessment met criteria for at least one mental health condition; this rate is approximately the same as patients in an urban office setting. Without appropriate mental health services available, patients may not have their symptoms managed effectively; for example, patients who could benefit from counseling may not receive this service.

As an advocate for social change, I could work in my community, perhaps through the local health department, to spread awareness of mental health needs in rural areas. Primary care providers could potentially receive additional training to recognize warning signs of mental health concerns and encouragement to perform preliminary diagnostic assessments. If a need for services can be demonstrated in rural areas, communities could advocate for funding for this need. Additionally, an integrated approach to mental and physical health could be beneficial for patients (Das, Naylor, & Majeed, 2016).


Das, P., Naylor, C., & Majeed, A. (2016). Bringing together physical and mental health within primary care: a new frontier for integrated care. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 109(10), 364–366.

Philbrick, J.T., Connelly, J.E. & Wofford, A.B. (1996). The prevalence of mental disorders in rural office practice. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 11(1), 9-15.

PowerPoint presentation

prepare a PowerPoint presentation for the next Teacher In-Service Training day that discusses the following issues:

  • What are the priorities for changing what is taught (subject matter) in this policy?
  • Does the emphasis in this policy seem to be on programs or people? Explain.
  • What is the role of the community, state, and federal government in ensuring accountability?
  • What is the possible impact of not making the identified changes?
  • What does this policy state needs to be done to support teachers and learners in the classroom?

Give your conclusions and recommendations about the best course of action for improving curriculum.

Learning Theories

A learning theory provides a framework for how individuals learn. In turn, teachers design instruction based on the learning theory, so that all students are able to learn effectively. There are many popular learning theories, such as social constructivism, behaviorism, connectivism, and cognitive learning theories.

When learning theories are successfully implemented, teachers are able to develop useful methods that support students as they advance their learning, as well as address student strengths and needs and provide opportunities to demonstrate understanding in various ways. Teaching methods, then, are the specific approaches teachers utilize to actualize learning theories and bring them to life in the classroom.

Complete the “Learning Theories Template” based on four of the most prominent instructional theories.

Support your work with 3-5 scholarly resources