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.

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Young people working together at school

Age: 7-14

Type: Quick activity

Subjects: PSHE

A quick and fun PSHE activity to help learners gain awareness of the key aspects of emergencies.

  • Disasters and emergencies
Children in class with their hands up.

Age: 5-19

Type: Teaching guide

Subjects: Cross-curricular

Download a Red Cross poster for primary and secondary schools.

  • Conflict
  • Disasters and emergencies
  • First aid and the bystander effect
People in Haiti use a handmade ladder after a bridge has been destroyed by Hurricane Matthew.

Age: 11-19

Type: Lesson plan, photos

Subjects: Geography, PSHE

Explore the impact of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti one year on, and the importance of building resilience.

  • Disasters and emergencies
Talking with children_web

Age: 5-11

Type: Lesson plan

Subjects: PSHE

A guide for primary teachers about how to support and talk to children about distressing events they hear about in the news.

  • Disasters and emergencies
Disasters Emergency Committee

Age: 11-19

Type: Teacher briefing, quick activity

Subjects: Citizenship, PSHE

Learn about what the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) is and how it helps in times of crisis.

  • Disasters and emergencies
Pillowcase project

Age: 7-11

Type: Teaching package, images, videos

Subjects: Geography, PSHE

Help children understand, cope with and respond to weather-related emergencies that could take place in their community.

  • Disasters and emergencies