Design a disaster response
Type of activity: Simulation exercise that can help students understand some of the complexities of disaster response. This exercise can be used in groups of 5-6 people.
Grade level: Middle school and high school students
Setting: Can be adapted for use in public schools, Christian schools, other private schools, and homeschool settings
Procedure: Divide the class into three or four groups, and have each group respond to the following questions:
Choose a current disaster and design a disaster response. Ask yourself these kinds of questions:
- How would you hear about the disaster?
- How would you decide if you should go to help?
- Do the people want your help?
- Will the government of the country welcome your help?
- How would you know what kind of help the people needed?
- What kind of aid would you send?
- What kinds of people would you send?
- What kinds of supplies would you send?
- How would you get people to the disaster location?
- Who would pick you up from the airport?
- What if the roads were blocked or destroyed?
- Once you got to the site and saw that 15 other aid organizations are also there to respond, how would you decide who will do what?
- Where would you start?
- Where would you stay once you arrived?
- What would you eat?
- What would it cost you to respond to the disaster?
- Where would you get the money?
- How would you know if your money was being spent well?
- How would you let people know about what you are doing?