Disasters - preparedness/Civil Defence

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We have selected these online resources to support you when you need information relating to civil defence and preparing for disasters. SCIS 1702159

See also: Earth science - VolcanoesEarth science - Tsunami; Disasters - Natural; Disasters – New ZealandExtreme weather


The Environmental Protection Agency in the United States lists ways to reduce risks to health and the environment from natural disasters.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

Get Through

The Get Through website is designed to help people get ready and be prepared in a disaster situation, it includes; household emergency plans, checklists, how to prepare and what to have in a getaway kit.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary


A brief history of the Land Search and Rescue organisation and what they do. There is information on preparing for an outdoor trip and also a photo gallery.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary


To discover information on the school work site ManyAnswers use the search term civil defence in the search box.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management

The official New Zealand Civil Defence website with links to general information, local civil defence groups and a photo library.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary


OXFAM’s website contains current information on both natural and man-made disasters and includes photos, video clips and blogs.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary


How to prepare for and respond to emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters. Provides information on building an emergency supply kit and making a family emergency plan. It also covers various types of emergencies that could occur and the appropriate responses.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

Ready kids

Children’s pages on the US Ready website, which shows how to build an emergency supply kit, and make a family emergency plan. It also covers various types of emergencies that could occur and the appropriate responses.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate

Red Cross

The International Red Cross focuses on assistance for victims of war and armed violence but also helps people after natural disasters. The site includes a comprehensive resource centre that contains maps, photos, and news clips.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Te Ara

Te Ara, The Encyclopedia of New Zealand, has information on the history and make up of civil defence, and search and rescue

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

What's the plan

This website is designed specifically for children and lists before, during and after advice when an earthquake happens. It includes a map of historical disasters, pictures and clips, and an interactive quiz.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate


Have you thought about using fiction with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for you students (and you) to enjoy.

Search & rescue, by Jonathan Rock, 2012 (junior fiction)

Breakfast: Civil Defence. Emergency survival kit. TVNewZealand  Youtube 3.40

LandSAR  Part 1. Opendoorseriesnz Youtube 10.33

LandSAR Part 2. Opendoorseriesnz. Youtube 11.37