Resources for School and Classroom Use

Extreme Event Webquest
The Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences recently published the Extreme Event Webquest. The three-part webquest is designed to teach critical-thinking skills and inspire youth from middle school through college to help their neighbors be more resilient. Students use a variety of online resources including videos, games, and reference materials to gather information as they complete a series of activities. The webquest's key messages are based on expert reports of the National Research Council, including Disaster Resilience: A National Imperative.

Teachers can also use the Extreme Event Game in conjunction with the Extreme Event Webquest. During the game, players learn how important it is to build coalitions and invest in resources to make their city more resilient. The game lasts about one hour and requires a minimum of 12 participants. Visit Koshland Science Museum for more information.

Emergency Management Virtual Toolkit
The Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance (REMS TA) Center has released an Emergency Management Virtual Toolkit for state and local education agencies, emergency management agencies, school safety centers, and others who play a key role in school safety and emergency management. The toolkit provides users with an opportunity to populate their own websites with the latest Federal school emergency management training. It also has resources and information for schools based on location.

Visit the REMS TA Center’s Emergency Management Virtual Toolkit registration website to request a copy of the toolkit.

Help Youth with Special Health Care Needs
The thought of a natural or man-made disaster can be especially stressful for families with children who have disabilities or special health care needs. To assist these families, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center at the University of Massachusetts Medical School developed a curriculum designed to enable successful preparedness planning.

The curriculum includes an Emergency Readiness Toolkit, tip sheets, and useful planning tools, such as a Family Emergency Plan Template to help participants develop personalized emergency plans. Resources focus on sharing "need to know" information about a child's unique needs with first responders. To check out the resources, click here.