Emergency! Are You Ready?

Emergencies happen when we least expect them. Schools will often teach about natural disasters as part of study in history or geography, and prepare pupils for situations which may arise in their lives. The following are resources which help support teachers to build resilience in pupils to deal with an emergency situation they may face at some point in their lives.

Ready Scotland: Preparing for and Dealing with Emergencies the Scottish Government site aimed at everyone, designed to provide useful resources to support building Scotland’s resilience which involves the ability to detect, prevent, and when necessary, handle and recover from emergencies and other disruptive events affecting communities.

Ready for Emergencies from Education Scotland is an online resource that contains a range of materials to help children and young people prepare for and deal with emergencies. This resource aims to support the delivery of emergency resilience education in line with Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence through the following contexts: Severe weather; Flooding; Terrorism; Pandemic flu; Animal disease outbreak; and Utilities failure.

Informed. Prepared. Together. a gateway to a wealth of resources, information and practical tools for developing the ability of individuals, schools, communities and organisations to be better prepared to cope with emergencies and disasters. The website is an outcome of the Informed Prepared Together Project funded by the European Commission and led by the Red Cross/European Union Office. There are many free to download resources including games, handy hints/advice presented in many formats such as desktop calendars, as well as a host of online materials, including games, simulations, quizzes, and links to many specialist sites dealing with specific emergency situations.

David Andrade on his “Educational Technology Guy” site has created a post of a variety of sites which support schools in preparing pupils for emergencies. These are US sites and aimed more at the staff of schools being prepared in the event of incidents, but also include links to resources which are aimed at pupils.

Central Scotland Fire and Rescue Service has produced a host of resources for different age groups, including specifically for the primary school age. There are online games and links to supporting resources covering dangers which are specific to various parts of any house, and the tips for avoiding risks in these situations, including the kitchen, bedroom, livingroom/lounge, and garden. In addition there are resources and games to support pupils devise with their family an escape plan for their home in the event of an emergency.

Stop Disasters is an online simulation game (developed by the UN/ISDR) where a variety of scenarios can be played out. These include flood, hurricane, wildfire, and tsunami. In a game format players are introduced to what can happen in emergency situations and how they can take action to avoid disaster. The games are linked to a variety of teacher resources.

Be Prepared from FEMA is a US site specificallly aimed at providing materials to support children to be prepared for emergencies. It guides children through what to do before, during and after an emergency. It has facts about a wide variety of emergency situations and games and resources to support children in thinking about and preparing for situations they may encounter at some time in their lives.

Emergency Management Schools from the Australian government is a resource to support teachers and pupils learn about how to prepare for disasters. This includes an online dictionary of disasters, games, stories, videos, lesson plans and disaster mapper interactive resources.

Capacitar Emergency Response Kits help deal with the aftermath of emergency situations, once the physical wellbeing has been dealt with. The resources present tools for teachers to support the mental wellbeing of those affected by trauma in whatever form that presents itself.

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