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Making A Family Plan

The purpose of these lesson ideas are for students to understand the need for and to create a family plan with an out of state contact in case of an emergency.





Meeting place



In advance



Safe spot


Escape route



Strap down


Out of area










General Resources

Lesson Ideas

  1. Watch City of Seattle on-line video or DVD “Personal and Family Preparedness” from 08:25-10:50.  Lower level students can listen to video in their language before or after the English version. Cloze Exercises 9 (answers), Close Exercise 10 (answers), Cloze Exercise 11 (answer), Cloze Exercise 12 (answers), and Cloze Exercise 13 (answers).  Comprehension Question Worksheet 5 (answers) and Comprehension Question Worksheet 6 (answers). 

  2. Activity:  Have students draw the interior of their homes with furniture.  Talk about where things are.  Where are their “safe spots?”  Where are their potential dangers of things falling and breaking? This activity is also in Comprehension Question Worksheet 5 (above).

  3. Spelling for beginning levels.

  4. Scramble Sentence ActivityWords in questions and sentences are out of order.  Put them back in the correct order.

  5. Read and make a family plan:

    1. Simplified for lower levels: The City of Seattle and Seattle Red Cross have a great, simple worksheet which includes some basic emergency contact information worksheets are in English, Oromo, Russian, simple Chinese, traditional Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, Tigrinya, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Laotian, Amharic, and Korean. Try filling out page 1 in English first and then give students the sheet in their first languages.

    2. Intermediate:  Go to City of Seattle web site and have students read and fill out form.  Treat like other readings:  skim and scan, pull out vocabulary from students, do a jigsaw where groups read different parts and report to the class.  Students can do this in English or other languages. Plans in English. Plans in other languages.

    3. Detailed plan for more advanced students : From City of Seattle and Red Cross.

  6. Read:  Pages 2-4 of the Family Emergency Preparedness Plan from State of Washington and Group Health.  There are 4 parts so it is easy to do a jigsaw activity where 4 groups read one part each and report to each other.

  7. Read: Seattle Red Cross web page.  Here are some comprehension questions students can answer.

  8. Scenario 1—Camping: In the video the man asks us to imagine we are going camping for 3 days.  What do we need? 

  9. Scenario 2—Prepare for… (windstorm):  In the video (13:53), the man asks us to pretend an event will occur in a few days and asks us what we need to do to prepare.  Do this with students.  They can list what they have at home that matches what the video says they need for 3 days.  Then students can go home and make lists:  What I have….What I need.

  10. Scenario 3—After the… (windstorm):  Students discuss what to do after a disaster.

  11. Go to Emergency Contact Information module and activities.

  12. Homework:  have students go home and discuss meeting places with family.  Then either fill out the simple family plan form from City of Seattle or the more detailed one from the Red Cross.