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Weather emergencies

Weather emergencies: prepare, respond, and recover is a curriculum linked education resource designed for teachers to deliver to students aged 11-19. The resource is designed as a toolkit; teachers can choose from a variety of activities to enable young people to build the skills to understand, cope with, and respond to weather emergencies such as flooding and severe weather in northern Scotland. Teachers will be able to bring the curriculum for excellence to life with video and photography case studies, active learning and role play, and maps.


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Introduction and curriculum links - PDF / Word

Learn about how the resource has been designed to support your delivery and how the content links to the curriculum for excellence.


Module 1: Weather PDF / Word

This module looks at weather emergencies, investigating the causes and impacts of flooding and severe weather such as storms, snow, and ice. Students find out what type of weather emergencies might affect the communities they live in and learn some emergency preparedness techniques. This module introduces the practical and emotional impacts of weather emergencies.

Key questions explored in module one:

  • How and why do weather emergencies happen?
  • Where might they happen?
  • What impact might weather emergencies have and how can we prepare for them?

Module 2: Coping PDF / Word

This module explores the impact of weather emergencies on individuals and communities. Students learn and practice a range of coping skills they could use if they were affected by a weather emergency and consider how they could use these skills in other situations. This module introduces the idea of managing stress to help ourselves and others cope; and uses real stories to bring the learning to life.

Key questions explored in module two:

  • What does coping mean?
  • What techniques and skills can we learn to help ourselves and others cope?
  • What is happening when we feel stressed and how can we plan to help manage it?
  • Could the Nepal earthquake have been predicted?

Module 3: Resilience PDF / Word

In this module students explore what might happen after a weather emergency and examine the concept of resilience. Using scenarios, case studies, and problem solving students consider what might increase a communities’ ability to prepare for, cope with, and respond to a weather emergency.


Key questions explored in module three:

  • What short and long-term impacts can weather emergencies have on communities?
  • How can communities prepare for, cope with, and respond to weather emergencies?
  • What is resilience and how can we apply this learning to our own lives?

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