Hurricane Dorian

How have people been affected by the hurricane and what is the role of resilience?

A man pushes a wheelbarrow through a huge area of land and homes badly damaged by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas.
Lesson plan
Disasters and emergencies, Newsthink

On 1 September 2019, the islands of the Bahamas were severely damaged by Hurricane Dorian, one of the most powerful hurricanes ever recorded. For two days, ferocious winds and huge waves battered the isolated islands. When the storm finally cleared, it was estimated that 76,000 people were directly affected by the storm.

In this activity, learners will consider how people can be impacted by a storm, both practically and emotionally. They will also discuss the role of volunteers and what drives people to help others in building their resilience.

Learning objectives

Learners will:

  • consider the needs of people affected by Hurricane Dorian 
  • explore the meaning of resilience and how they can start to think about developing this in their own lives
  • understand the role of volunteers in responding to major emergencies
  • discuss what motivates volunteers to help others.

Resource overview

1. Film activity: Chaos and disruption

Watch the short film (01:48 min) and learn about the damage the hurricane has done, and how it has affected people’s lives. What might be the emotional impact, and how can people develop their resilience?

2. Extension activity: Volunteering

Watch a short film (01:54) and learn about what might drive people to donate their time and help others in challenging environments. 


This activity was written by Nick Hunter and published in September 2019.

The image of people clearing debris following the hurricane © Jose Jimenez/Getty Images.