Earthquake Facilitator Guide


Category: Simulations
Code: 228G
This 48-page guide provides background information on the objectives of the activity, guidelines for effective group functioning, and a full explanation of the expert's rationale and scoring.

The Earthquake Facilitator Guide provides instructions for administering and scoring the exercise. One copy is needed per facilitator. This simulation allows a team to study its problem-solving/decision-making methods both from an individual and a group point of view.

Earthquake is designed to promote group problem-solving, consensus decision making, and an understanding of group dynamics. It is a simulation exercise that asks participants to first solve the problem individually and then as a group making consensus decisions. The scores are then compared against an expert ranking and demonstrate that effective teams generally produce better outcomes than individuals alone.

Includes normative data and background information on earthquakes.

Participants respond to the following story-line:

'You and five co-workers are in the basement library of your downtown office building finishing a presentation for a meeting the next morning. The building shakes violently. There has been a major earthquake. You begin to pick yourselves up and assess the damage.'

Participants determine appropriate steps to ensure their survival in order of importance, as well as those that should be avoided.

There are breaks between each section to allow the facilitator the flexibility to use only those sections that would be helpful to his/her facilitation process. 


• Provide stand-alone team-building training

• Use as warm-up activity in larger training designs

• Assessment centres

• Evaluating the success of team development processes

• An on-job team skills ‘refresher’.

Earthquake Facilitator Guide Sections Include

• The Objectives of Earthquake

• Team Formation, Materials

• Introduction/Administration of the Exercise

• What the Experts Say

• Scoring and Explaining the Scores

• Background of the Simulation-Development Process, the Experts and Authors

• Earthquake Preparedness

• Role of the Process Observer

• Guidelines for Effective Group Functioning

• References

• Appendices

• PowerPoint presentation (Digital Copy).

Aviat Team Survival Activities

The Team Survival Activities provide a stimulating and energising approach to building core skills in team working. They also help participants explore the power of team synergy and it's energising effects. Use the Team Survival Activities when you want your team members to learn about synergy, problem-solving, communication, leadership and conflict management. The expert rankings provide closure on the decisions made and help the participants focus on their immediate learning as well as looking at how to transfer learning back to the work-place.

Attribute nameAttribute value
OBJECTIVETo learn about group process and decision making
AUDIENCEAll organisation members
TIME REQUIRED1 to 1½ hours
AUTHORD. Joseph Fisher, Ph.D. & D. Dawn Peters

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