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.
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
safe learning environment

Age: 5-19

Type: Teacher briefing

Subjects: PSHE, Citizenship

Create a safe and inclusive learning environment that support your pupils to explore sensitive or challenging content in engaging and safe ways.

  • Conflict
  • Disasters and emergencies
  • First aid and the bystander effect