A natural disaster is the consequence of the combination of a natural hazard (a physical event like a volcanic eruption, typhoon, tropical cyclone, tornado an earthquake, a landslide or a tsunami) and human activities. See the fact file below for more information about natural disasters.
- Most natural disasters are caused by weather. Weather disasters can be caused by hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, tsunamis, thunderstorms, wind storms, wildfires, avalanches, and blizzards.
- Some of the weather disasters can be predicted such as hurricanes and blizzards. The technology is getting better in predicting tornadoes and severe thunderstorms. By getting the data early people can be warned to take shelter or make the necessary preparations.
- Some natural disasters are caused by volcanoes and earthquakes.
- Some wildfires are caused by lightning, but some are caused by people.
- Flooding is the world’s most expensive type of natural disaster because the damage can be so extensive.
- Earthquakes are the deadliest of all natural disasters.
- Some kinds of disasters are more common in some places than in others. When people are choosing a place to live they need to consider whether they will live on a fault line for an earthquake or near a river that has a history of flooding.
- There isn’t any way to avoid natural disasters, but if people know what kinds of disasters are most likely where they live, they can learn what to do if a disaster happens in order to stay safe.
- FEMA is an acronym for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. This is the federal agency that deals with natural disasters across the United States.
- Many different agencies such as the Red Cross come to the assistance of people affected by natural disasters.
Natural Disasters Worksheets
This bundle includes 11 ready-to-use natural disaster worksheets that are perfect for students to learn about the different types of natural disaster, why they happen, and what we can do to prevent or protect ourselves during a natural disaster.
This download includes the following worksheets:
In Case of a Disaster
Learn about how to protect yourself in disaster situations by matching the correct advice for each type of natural disaster.
Natural Disasters Around the World
In this activity, students will identify which disasters are most common in different parts of the world and draw the disaster on the map.
Natural Disaster Scramble
Students must unscramble these natural disaster words using the boxes provided to solve the hidden message.
Using the included wildfire tips, students will create a poster to spread awareness of one of the ways to prevent wildfires.
The Schoolhouse Blizzard
This is a writing prompt in which students will write a poem about Minnie Freeman and her students, who survived the Schoolhouse Blizzard in 1888.
Escape from Pompei
Can your students help the men escape from the city of Pompei after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in the first century AD?
Students must think about the effects of Hurricane Katrina and write about how they would feel to lose their home and live in an emergency shelter.
Complete the disaster preparedness checklist by filling in the blanks and make a plan including meeting spots and emergency contact numbers.
In this activity students will read the list of the disaster services they offer and write what they think each service is and why it is needed.
Natural Disaster Word Search
Students must search for the natural disaster words hidden inside this grid and circle them all to complete the activity.
Use With Any Curriculum
These worksheets have been specifically designed for use with any international curriculum. You can use these worksheets as-is, or edit them using Google Slides to make them more specific to your own student ability levels and curriculum standards.