Working with students so they accurately assess their risk
of natural disasters, understand the nature of media coverage
of these events, and develop an emergency preparedness plan
can help them reframe the problem and reduce their stress.
In this activity, students determine which types of natural
disasters are most likely to strike their area. They then
conduct interviews and do research on those natural disasters.
They also discuss the geologic and geographic factors that
make a particular place more or less at risk for a given
natural disaster. Students explore the effect that pervasive
news coverage of natural disasters (those that occur locally,
as well as those striking outside the community) does to
stress levels of people who read, watch, or listen to the
reports. Finally, students research and report what individuals
and families can do to prepare for natural disasters most
common to their area.