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  • In this activity, students select items to include in a home disaster kit in case of emergency and calculate how much food and water they will need to include in a disaster kit for their family.

    By the end of this activity, students should understand:

    • that everyone faces danger from natural disasters
    • that we can help reduce the impact of a disaster by being prepared
    • the contents of a basic emergency kit
    • what sort of items should not be included in an emergency kit and why
    • where to find out information about emergencies and being prepared.

    Download the Word file (see link below) for:

    • introduction/background notes
    • instructions on what you need and what to do
    • discussion questions
    • extension activities
    • student worksheets.

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    Useful link

    The National Emergency Management Agency provides leadership in reducing risk, being ready for, responding to and recovering from emergencies, see the New Zealand civil defence website in an emergency.

      Published 9 April 2010 Referencing Hub articles
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