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"Personal and Family Preparedness"

On-line video or DVD from City of Seattle's Office of Emergency Management

The purposes of these activities are for students to learn topic specific vocabulary, emergency preparedness responses, and to educate self and family about potential dangers in Seattle and at home.

Watch video: This video comes in 14 languages, with more to come. You might want to watch and do activities first in English and then your language if it is available:English, Amharic, Cambodian Cantonese, Chinese-Mandarin, Korean, Oromo, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, Tigrinya,and Vietnamese.

Teaching Tips and Ideas: A few suggestions for teachers.

Script: This the full script of the video.

General timeline of video:
00:00- 01:30         Threat of Disaster and Its Impact
01:30-05:55           How to be safe during an earthquake
06:00-08:25           Assemble a disaster supply kit
08:25-10:50           Create a family emergency plan
10:50-12:55            Getting Organized and Ready
12:55-15:20            Summary

Link: The video talks about SNAP: Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare. This is a program to get citizens in neighborhoods to organize neighbors to help each other in times of disaster. After you watch the video and do the exercises, why don't you start a SNAP group with your neighbors?

Cloze Activities: With a cloze activity, you listen to and watch the video segment and fill in the missing words from the list. It is best to listen 3 times. First just watch and listen without writing. Second, try to fill in words. Finally, listen a third time to check your answers.


    2. Cloze Exercise 2 (answers): Threat of Disasters and Impacts

    3. Cloze Exercise 3 (answers): How to Be Safe in an Earthquake-Part 1

    4. Cloze Exercise 4 (answers): How to Be Safe in an Earthquake-Part 2

    5. Cloze Exercise 5 (answers): How to Be Safe in an Earthquake-Part 3

    6. Cloze Exercise 6 (answers): How to Be Safe in an Earthquake-Part 4

    7. Cloze Exercise 7 (answers): Assemble a Disaster Supply Kit-Part 1

    8. Cloze Exercise 8 (answers): Assemble a Disaster Supply Kit-Part 2

    9. Cloze Exercise 9 (answers): Family Emergency Plan

    10. Cloze Exercise 10 (answers): Out of Area Contact

    11. Cloze Exercise 11 (answers): Inspect Your Home for Potential Hazards

    12. Cloze Exercise 12 (answers): Get Organized

    13. Cloze Exercise 13 (answers): Organize Your Neighbors

    14. Cloze Exercise 14 (answers): Summary-Part 1

    15. Cloze Exercise 15 (answers): Summary-Part 2

Comprehension Question Worksheets: These are questions about the video segment. Sometimes it is easier to do a close activity first.

    1. Comprehension Question Worksheet 1 (answers): Watching the whole video.

    2. Comprehension Question Worksheet 2 (answers): Threat of Disaster and Impacts

    3. Comprehension Question Worksheet 3 (answers): How to Be Safe in an Earthquake

    4. Comprehension Question Worksheet 4 (answers): Assemble a Disaster Supply Kit

    5. Comprehension Question Worksheet 5 (answers): Family Emergency Plan

    6. Comprehension Question Worksheet 6 (answers): Get Organized

    7. Comprehension Question Worksheet 7 (answers): Summary


Want more videos for listening practice and building knowledge on preparing for a disaster?

Check these videos out from the Washington Military Department's Emergency Management Division.