First Advisor

Richard Dozal-Lockwood

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Public Health Studies: Clinical Health Sciences and University Honors


Health Studies




Emergency management, Community education, Public spaces, Natural disasters -- Planning




Around the world, natural disasters pose a common threat to most communities. In 2015, Thecho, Nepal, suffered a magnitude 7.8 earthquake, killing 9,000 people and injuring nearly 22,000 (Reid, 2018). In the Pacific Northwest, the coast awaits a catastrophic earthquake, known as "The Really Big One" (Schulz, 2020), scientifically predicted to cause mass destruction. Although communities continue to experience and anticipate these disasters, the preparedness rate amongst individuals is shockingly low. Using this information, researchers developed a structure, rooted in interdisciplinary design, that will aid in the passive education of disaster preparedness amongst individuals and communities. Through unobtrusive qualitative research, information drawn from peer-reviewed and web-based materials was collected using the record-keeping method. Using a journalistic approach during this investigative process, this paper looks at the potential of the prototype structure, known as the PREPhub, in two communities and its relation to the public space, health, and built environment. While the Nepalese community already has an established structure, this paper advocates for implementing the PREPhub on Portland State University’s campus to prepare students for disaster.


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