For National Preparedness Month (September), you can use the following lesson plan to introduce students to natural and man-made disasters, and the range of governmental and humanitarian response mechanisms that are in place to help those in need.
Students will discuss what types of disasters require large-scale emergency response, from earthquakes and hurricanes to plane crashes and terrorist attacks. They will also learn the differences between natural and man-made disasters, and why national and international agencies classify them under these categories. Students will then research and report on a variety of organizations, including the Red Cross, FEMA, and more. As an extension, they will learn about locally- and regionally-based resources, like the National Guard. Make sure your students are prepared during times of emergency!