Disasters and emergencies

Consider the impact of disasters and emergencies and help young people prepare for and cope with a crisis.

Explore the topic of disasters and emergencies with our free lesson plans and teaching materials, which are ideal for Citizenship, PSHE and Geography teachers.

Get primary and secondary teaching ideas about:


  • natural disasters like earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes and typhoons
  • emergencies such as terrorist attacks or transport accidents
  • extreme weather like droughts or flooding.
An aid worker looks at the damage following the tsunami

Age: 11 - 16

Type: Lesson plan

Subjects: PSHE, Tutor time, Geography

Discussion activities on the tsunami in Indonesia, using photos to consider what is being done to help.

  • Disasters and emergencies
  • Newsthink
A boat in the sea near some islands.

Age: 11 - 16

Type: Lesson plan

Subjects: PSHE, Tutor time

Discover the survival story of a boy cast adrift in the ocean for 49 days.

  • Disasters and emergencies
  • Newsthink
People help after plane has crash-landed in the sea

Age: 11 - 16

Type: Lesson plan

Subjects: PSHE, Tutor time

Discuss the story of an emergency landing and people coming to the rescue of others.

  • Disasters and emergencies
  • Newsthink
Extreme summer weather

Age: 11 - 16

Type: Lesson plan

Subjects: PSHE, Tutor time

Discussion activities on extreme weather around the world and how to be prepared.

  • Disasters and emergencies
  • Newsthink
Thailand cave rescue

Age: 11 - 16

Type: Lesson plan

Subjects: PSHE, Tutor time

Photo and discussion activities looking at coping skills and the story of the schoolboys trapped in a cave in Thailand.

  • Disasters and emergencies
  • Newsthink
Kerala floods

Age: 11 - 16

Type: Lesson plan

Subjects: PSHE, Tutor time

Video and discussion activities focusing on the humanitarianism shown during the floods in Kerala, India.

  • Disasters and emergencies
  • Newsthink