Disaster Drill Guide

Social Studies Activity

In this activity, students will create an emergency drill guide that will help them know what to do in the event of an emergency at school.



  1. Brainstorm with students a list of potential emergencies that could happen as a result of a disaster such as a flood, an earthquake, a tornado, a hurricane, or an explosion. Then discuss what emergency drills are and why they are necessary.

  2. Divide the class into small groups and explain that each group will make a disaster drill guide that will focus on any of the emergencies discussed. (Encourage each group to focus on a different disaster.)

  3. Suggest the following ways for students to gather information for their guides:

  4. Have students choose a format for their guide. They may wish to create a guide in the form of a large poster or make a booklet complete with pictures and a map that shows escape routes.

  5. Encourage students to make copies of their guides and pass them out to other classes. They may need to explain the guides to younger students. Students may also wish to take home a copy of their guides to share with their families.


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