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Natural disasters: How to improve?

Natural disasters: How can we improve?Geographers define a natural hazard as a potentially dangerous physical event occurring close to a population (who are said to be at risk). A Disaster is the realisation of this hazard risk. Natural disasters are thus a function of both the magnitude of a physical event and the state of preparedness / coping capacity of the society that has been exposed to risk.

In this 21st Century Challenge, we take a look at how our response to natural disasters can be improved and ensure lessons are learnt which benefit vulnerable communities worldwide in the long-term.

  • View this Challenge
  • Challenge Overview Sheet PDF | MSWORD An overview of the challenge
  • Lesson one plan: Earthquakes don’t kill people. Buildings do! (conceptualising vulnerability) PDF | MSWORD This lesson examines how disasters are a function of human factor, such as poverty and vulnerability, and not physical factors alone, as well as looking at some of those groups who are particularly vulnerable and how changes can be made to this
  • Fact Sheet and Teaching Notes PDF | MSWORD Containing an overview of the issues and points to be focussed on in the lesson, this provides teachers with background information for the lesson and can be used as a summary resource sheet for students
  • PowerPoint presentation (PPT)
  • Group discussion activity PDF | MSWORD
  • Lesson two plan: Disaster management and reconstruction: building partnerships PDF | MSWORD This lesson looks at the different players involved in disaster relief operations and looks at some new technologies being used to assist with disaster management
  • Fact Sheet and Teaching Notes PDF | MSWORD Containing an overview of the issues and points to be focussed on in the lesson, this provides teachers with background information for the lesson and can be used as a summary resource sheet for students
  • Disaster management: working in partnership article PDF | MSWORD
  • Essay assignment with examiners tips PDF | MSWORD
  • Exam Specification Overview PDF | MSWORD This document briefly summarises where the lessons link to each exam board specification (AQA, Edexcel, OCR, WJEC and IB)

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