Man-made Disasters and Natural Disasters

  1. Are there ways we can prepare ourselves in advance to cope with disasters?
  2. Can natural disasters ever be a good thing?
  3. Can you find someone in the class who has been in a natural disaster?
  4. Can you think of any country that doesn’t have natural disasters?
  5. Do some natural disasters occur repeatedly in the same area? Do many people live in these areas?
  6. Do you know that difference between a hurricane, a typhoon, and a cyclone?
  7. Have you ever been in a disaster?
  8. Have you ever been in a natural disaster? Do you know anyone who has been in a natural disaster?
  9. How are businesses affected by disasters?
  10. How are families affected by disasters?
  11. How are the problems solved after a disaster?
  12. How can technology lessen the damage caused by natural disasters?
  13. How many types of natural disaster can you name? Which is the worst?
  14. If you had the power to stop a natural disaster that has happened in the past, which would you choose? Why?
  15. Think of three natural disasters. What can you do to stay safe during and after those natural disasters?
  16. What are examples of manmade disasters?
  17. What are some different kinds of disasters?
  18. What do you think about people who follow tornadoes around to get data, video, and photographs?
  19. What examples are there of natural disasters? What kind of damage can occur in each case?
  20. What is a disaster?
  21. What is disaster insurance? Do most people have it?
  22. What is PTSD?
  23. What is the best / worst natural disaster movie you have seen?
  24. What is the difference between a tornado and a hurricane?
  25. What is the difference between a typhoon and a hurricane?
  26. What is the difference between natural disasters and manmade disasters? Can you name a few of each type? Where do these usually often occur?
  27. What kind of disasters are common in your country?
  28. Which country has the most natural disasters?
  29. Would you ever volunteer to help after a natural disaster hit? If yes, What would you like to volunteer to do? If no, why not?


  1. Are you prepared for a disaster?
  2. Can you find the story of anyone who lived through a disaster?
  3. Do you know someone who has been in a disaster?
  4. Does your family have a plan for what to do in the event of an earthquake?
  5. Have you ever been injured?
  6. Have you ever had a broken leg?
  7. How can we help children who are victims of disasters?
  8. How do you think you would react in a disaster?
  9. What can you do to prepare for a disaster?
  10. What would you do if you knew there would soon be a serious natural disaster and this could be your last day on earth?

Disaster Assistance and Relief

  1. Are you willing to donate money to help victims of a natural disaster in other countries? How much?
  2. Could the Internet be used for bad purposes in a disaster?
  3. Do you know someone who has done any volunteer work? What was it? Did he or she enjoy it?
  4. Do you think the Internet can be helpful in a disaster?
  5. Have you ever given money to a charity?
  6. Have you ever volunteered to help in a disaster? What did you do? Did you enjoy it?
  7. How can you help after a natural disaster?
  8. How do you decide what charity to give to?
  9. How much money should your government give to help victims of natural disasters in your country and how much to help people living in other countries?
  10. If you could volunteer to help after a natural disaster, what could you do?

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