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Introduction to Emergency Preparedness
Learning about Local Hazards

For Teachers

The first step is to ask yourself why you would want to incorporate this topic into your already busy schedule. Here's a PowerPoint you can view on this question.

The second step might be to ask how you could incorporate this into your lessons and topics you already teach. If you read the Lesson Ideas in the Introduction to Emergency Preparedness module, I give you some ideas of how to slip the topic into your lessons naturally. For example, when working on a unit on food or shopping, you could go into preparing a supply kit with storable food. Can you think of other ideas? Let me know.

You can make this a great opportunity for your students to learn English and for both you and your students to become prepared together. As your students work to become prepare, so can you. Make it a team effort.

The modules are for you and your students. Please use and adapt them for your specific class and needs. All of what I made is on Word or PowerPoint format for you to do adapt and change to fit your class and level.

I aimed activities for a moderately low level, like Level 3 or 4. But You can find activities for all Levels 1-6. Or adapt them for your level.

You can also invite a guest speaker to give a free presentation to your students. Both the American Red Cross of Seattle and City of Seattle's Office of Emergency Management give free presentations to groups on the topic of emergency preparedness. The Red Cross also gives free workplace workshops for employees to be prepared at work. Currently the people to contact are:

American Red Cross of Seattle: Emergency Prep. workshops for King and Kitsap Counties. (206) 323-2345

City of Seattle Office of Emergency Management: Will also do workshops. 206-233-5076

Below are some useful, basic links to emergency preparedness information. There is a lot of information out there. Most of it is English but there is a growing number of resources in other languages as well.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, just call or email me.


City of Seattle Office of Emergency Management: They have a terrific on-line video and supply kit checklists in many languages.

SNAP: Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare is a program to get citizens in neighborhoods to organize neighbors to help each other in times of disaster.

King County Office of Emergency Management: Many resources including a collection of on-line videos. National website from FEMA to get ready for disasters. They have info in 13 other languages.

Red Cross: Great information to read about what to do in emergency situations. Their site is also readable in Spanish. They will also give free workshops for your students and teachers.

Washington Military Department-Emergency Management Division : A site from the State of Washington readable in 7 languages: English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian, Korean, and Cambodian.

FEMA: The federal government office dealing with emergency management. They have a lot of information on hazards and preparation. And some materials for kids.