Disaster Readiness Guide Webquest
Our class has worked hard to learn about forces of nature that can pose danger to families and communities, and how to plan ahead for safety when natural disasters strike.
It’s been an unusually stormy year, all over the world. Storms, volcanoes, and earthquakes have hurt many people and destroyed lots of property. Your local television station thinks your community needs a new, complete Disaster Readiness Guide to help residents plan and prepare to stay safe during natural disasters. The head meteorologist in charge of the project found a well-qualified editor—your teacher—to make it happen.
Congratulations! You and your classmates have been chosen to write it!
You’ll be part of a team researching a particular natural disaster. You’ll learn about how it works, the dangers it poses, and how to stay safe when it happens. Your team will shape your research into a section for the guide on your natural disaster, and work through the process of making family emergency plans and building supplies kits. Your editor will combine the work of the different teams into a finished Disaster Readiness Guide to share with other classes, your families, and your community.
Your editor will assign you to a team. Your team will research and recommend safety tips for getting through one of these natural disasters:
You will use your team’s Research Outline below to learn about your subject. When you finish your outline, you will summarize what you learned about your subject.
As teams, you will complete the FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) steps.
Finally, your editor will combine all the work to create the complete Disaster Readiness Guide.
1. Get your team assignment.
2. Gather your supplies—Research Outline for your subject and a pencil for taking notes—and claim a computer workstation.
3. Complete the Research Outline for your subject. Use the websites provided above in Weblinks Required. They are the same ones listed on your Research Outline. Not all Web sites you’ll visit are written for kids, so you might need a dictionary.
4. Working from your Research Outline, select one person from your group to write a Summary of your subject. To simplify, write one paragraph for every main idea on your Research Outline summarizing what you learned. You may use the supporting information and details from each person’s Research Outline to shape your sentences in each paragraph. The last paragraph should introduce and list Safety Tips specific to your natural disaster. Your draft should be one-two pages long.
5. You and your team should search online to find and print a picture of your natural disaster to go with your finished composition.
7. Click on “Build a Kit.” Read the first three paragraphs. Brainstorm items you might need in an emergency supplies kit. Have one person in your group write down all the ideas. Then check your list against these two websites: http://www.gobagforkids.com (scroll down to the part about a disaster supplies kit) and http://www.ready.gov/kit to be sure you’ve thought of everything. Add whatever you think you need to your list.
A suggested checklist can be found at:
8. Click on the “Make a Plan.” activity link. Read through the page and make decisions about each question for your own family. Make notes about where your and your family should meet. Print out and complete the following Family Communication Plan:
9. Submit to your editor your team’s finished work—individual Research Outlines, final team Summary of your subject, printed picture, team “Make a Plan” decisions, and kit brainstorming list.
10. Your editor will compile your work into a complete Disaster Readiness guide to share with other classes, take home, and use to prepare families to be safe in emergencies.
Making a Family Emergency Plan and
Building a Family Emergency Kit
Now that you’ve learned about different kinds of natural disasters, it’s time to make your family’s Emergency Plan and build an Emergency Kit. FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, has a helpful website at http://www.ready.gov/kids
The “Make a Plan” link encourages you to sit down as a family and discuss things like where you would meet or how you would stay in touch during a natural disaster, as well as how to protect your pets. The “Build a Kit” page suggests fun ways to assemble your kit and make sure you have everything you need.
to get details of your plan down in writing and make copies for family members as needed.
Plan ahead for safety!
Congratulations! You have not only educated yourself about natural disasters and how to stay safe during them but also provided a real service to your families and community by sharing your learning through the Disaster Readiness Guide. Now go home, meet with your family, make an emergency plan, and build your kit!