Read the flood mitigation document and write a very thorough outline based on the instructions listed below.Running head: UNIT 1 RESEARCH PAPER TOPIC
Unit 1 Research Paper Topic
The risk reduction plan topic within my community and that I will be writing about is the lack
of proper response and mitigation planning for the flooding issue in Tennessee. I moved to
Tennessee from Southern California in 2008 and was not really accustomed to seeing actual
flooding disasters. The flood of 2010 that happened here in the area that I live in was declared a
national disaster and I was able to see the devastation first hand while working as a member of
our fire departments swift water rescue and recovery team. Below is a brief description about the
flood that occurred in 2010 and I will be creating a risk reduction plan that covers future
planning and mitigation processes based on the lessons learned from this flood.
From April 30th to May 2nd 2010, approximately 14 inches of rain fell on the Nashville,
Davidson county and surrounding areas. The runoff from this large rain storm had been the
largest of its size in 500 years according to the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and the
Army Corps of Engineers. The rising waters had affected several major lakes, rivers, and streams
that stretched over 4 states. According to the article Nashville 2010 May 2010 Flooding by, 2012 the record rains fell across the Cumberland River basin, which stretches across
north-central Tennessee to its headwaters in southeastern Kentucky. The Cumberland is 688
miles long with a basin area of over 18,000 square miles, Nashville lying roughly in the middle
of the watershed. A rainfall event of the magnitude the area experienced occurs only every 5,000
to 8,000 years, and the resulting flood runoff volumes nearly overwhelmed the system of eight
major flood-control/hydroelectric dams and reservoirs on the Cumberland and its main
tributaries, including the Harpeth, Red, Stones, Caney Fork, and Obey rivers. Careful,
compensatory emergency dam releases lowered dangerous flood levels in these reservoirs but at
the inevitable expense of Nashville-Davidson, districts of which were inundated soon after the
rains and releases and remained so for weeks after. The severity of flooding at this epicenter and
elsewhere prompted federal disaster declarations in dozens of counties in Tennessee and
Kentucky, followed by a lengthy recovery process.
Read the flood mitigation document and write a very thorough outline based on the instructions
listed below.
Title of your Paper
I. Introduction
A. Thesis
II. First Main Topic
A. First supporting Point
B. Second Supporting Point
III. Second Main Topic
A. First Supporting Point
B. Second Supporting Point
IV. Third Main Topic
A. First Supporting Point
B. Second Supporting Point
V. Conclusion
Create an outline for your community risk-reduction project. The outline should
include the type of disaster or hazard impacting the community, who will be involved
in assisting the creation of the risk-reduction plan, types of organizations that are
community stakeholders, what types of Non-Government Organizations may be
involved, political figures who would be supportive of such a measure, length of
project to completion, probable pitfalls that may be associated with the project,
cultural considerations (demographics, those who have experienced a disaster in
this location, etc.), what types of volunteers will be needed to serve during times of
crisis, funding for the project, and how sustainability will be used for maintaining the
project/program several years from its inception.
There is no minimum length or amount. It will be based on the topic you have
developed in Unit
I have attached the research paper topic to use while forming the outline. It
needs to focus on the problems in Tennessee’s flood response plan and the
lack of preplanning for a major event.

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