Master of Disaster Lesson Planning

The Master of Disaster program features 3 lessons. Our Teaching Guide (PDF, 1.22MB) includes simple instructions for each of these lessons, including preparation and teaching suggestions. The guide also explains how the program aligns with the BC curriculum and points to additional, useful resources.

This lesson introduces key terms, like hazard, emergency and disaster. It also covers the The Top 10 hazards in BC and introduces Indigenous oral traditions about some natural hazards. The lesson concludes with an invitation for learners to identify the unique hazards and important risks in their area.
Before teaching this lesson, notify caregivers by downloading, editing and sending home Letter Home 1: Program Notice (.docx).

This lesson introduces two key concepts: Home Emergency Kits and Grab-and-Go Bags. Home Emergency Kits are used at home during emergencies that may require sheltering at home. Grab-and-Go Bags are used during emergencies that may require evacuation. Learners are introduced to the main items required for both and are invited to list the items they would include when building their own at home. 

This lesson concludes with a group activity: the Grab-and-Go Game. Learners choose between sets of items, deciding which item to include in their Grab-and-Go Bag. Correct items are mounted on a poster to create an informational diagram. 

This lesson prepares students to create a Home Emergency Plan with the adults they live with. Learners explore the importance of selecting Emergency Meeting Places and Emergency Contacts. They are also invited to consider which sources of information are reliable during an emergency. Learners are provided with a fill-in-the-blanks Home Emergency Plan. They should complete the first page using what they learned throughout the program, and then complete the remainder as a group at home. 

After teaching this lesson, download, edit and send students home with Letter Home 2: Emergency Plan Introduction (.docx)