What's the Disaster? (CTE)

adapted from work by Dawna Hughes

Students will explore and identify roles of the health care workers regarding man-made or natural disasters, active threats, and health emergencies in their area.


Natural and man-made disasters happen randomly. Being prepared is key to ensuring individual safety and survival. In this lesson, students will be given an emergency, disaster or threat and work in teams to brainstorm potential medical issues and corresponding resources or equipment needed to deal with those issues. They will produce posters and share their conclusions, identifying any resources or equipment in common.

Lesson Times

2 class periods
100 Minutes

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Health Science and Medical Technology Health Science and Medical Technology
K-12 Subjects
  • Physical / Health Education
Grade Levels
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12

Standards and Objectives


California English Common Core Standards (1)
Next Generation Science Standards (1)
California's 2013 CTE Standards (3)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Students will be able to identify common medical issues that may occur based on several disaster or emergency situations.
  • Students will identify and explain the need for various supplies or medical equipment in various emergency situations.
  • Students collaborate on resources needed in order to be prepared for a natural disaster.
  • Students will understand the relationship of an integrated health care delivery system.

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