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Natural Disasters

Natural disasters are naturally occurring events that directly or indirectly lead to the destruction or loss of life, property, or the environment. Natural disasters often leave thousands homeless and at risk of exposure, disease, and starvation. Examples include weather phenomena, such as tornadoes, hurricanes, or drought, and geological events, such as earthquakes and volcanoes. Flooding, landslides, and wildfires can also occur naturally and have devastating effects in populated area of the globe.


Students will be placed into groups and be assigned to a historical natural disaster. Students will create a PowerPoint Presentation (Minimum of 8 slides) detailing the natural disaster and provide a list of resources.  

Students should:

Describe the natural disaster (topics below)

- Identify potentially hazardous conditions on various types of structures and their contents during the given disaster.

- Identify what type of participants would make up the response workforce for the given disaster?

- How could you minimize disaster repercussions, including but not limited to assembling a disaster kit, developing a disaster plan, and designing a safe room?


  • 2010 Haiti earthquake
  • 1900 Great Galveston Storm
  • 2019 and 2020 Australia wildfire
  • 1970 Huascarán, Peru avalanche
  • 1931 Yangtze River Flood
  • 2005 Kashmir Earthquake
  • 2005 Hurricane Katrina


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