Exploring the Colorado Resiliency Framework: Flood Storymap

Exploring the Colorado Resiliency Framework: Flood Storymap

The Colorado Resiliency Framework was developed after the Boulder area floods in 2013. Governor Hickenlooper created the Colorado Resilience Office, which put together the framework and works with state offices across the board to include resiliency in planning and operations. In this lesson, students will interact with a story map to explore the Resiliency Framework and learn more about the six sectors of the Resiliency Framework.

Context for Use

This lesson is part of the Community Resilience Expo, a culminating event for the HEART Force curriculum unit, where students will share what they’ve learned during the hazard lesson and the role-playing game.

There are several options to create a sequence of Expo lessons that works best for your classroom. Students can choose to communicate existing ideas that have been developed in local resilience planning efforts or to develop a new strategy or project.   

Potential Expo lessons to follow

Colorado Resiliency Framework

Colorado Resiliency Framework

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Learning Goals

  • Students will understand the six different sectors the state of Colorado has used as a lens to plan for resilience.
  • Students will analyze spatial data to visualize some of the shocks and stresses experienced by each sector.

Teaching Materials

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Description

Students will interact with a story map to explore the Resiliency Framework and learn more about the six sectors of the Resiliency Framework. Sectors are categories or lenses the state has used to divide up the Resiliency Framework and include: Community; Economic; Health and Social; Housing; Watersheds and Natural Resources; and Infrastructure.

Activity 1 – Engage (10 minutes) Warm-Up Planning Activity

Individually, students will brainstorm what they would need for a kit to prepare for a hazard in their community. They will share ideas and identify items or services that fit within each of the six sector categories.

Activity 2 – Explore (30 minutes) Story Map Exploration

Individually, students will explore the Story Map using handouts.

Activity 3 – Explain (10 minutes) Class Discussion

As a class, share out what was learned from the different sectors. Discuss the meaning of resilience, shocks, and stresses across the sectors.

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