Natural Disasters Badgetornado

(Discover the Outdoors)
by Kerry Cordy

This badge can be earned multiple times, once for each different type of natural disaster you study.
Possible badges are earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis, wild fires, floods, drought, land
slides, thunder storms, etc.

Otter:  Do four requirements including the two starred.

_____ 1.*  Learn what the natural disaster you are studying is and what causes it.  Learn what to do to
survive during the natural disaster you have chosen.  Be careful of myths and make sure you get your
information from a reputable source such as NOAA, the Red Cross, or FEMA.  Their websites are listed
below, but only visit them with the permission of a parent.

FEMA
http://www.fema.gov/hazard/types.shtm

NOAA
http://www.weather.gov/om/brochures.shtm

Red Cross
http://www.redcross.org/

_____ 2. *  Create a Family Disaster Plan.

Find out what types of natural disasters are most common in your community and know how to prepare for
each.  Find out if your community has a public warning system and what it sounds like.

If you have pets or disabled people in your family, what special needs might you need to consider if you
cannot return home right away?

Choose two meeting locations if you are not able to meet in your home.  One meeting area should be
close by in case of a sudden emergency such as fire or earthquake.  The other meeting location should be
somewhere outside of your immediate neighborhood in case you are asked to evacuate and someone
cannot meet you at home.  Make sure everyone knows the phone number and address of your meeting
locations.

Have an out of town contact for emergency communications. Your contact should live outside of your
area. After a disaster, it is often easier to make a long distance call than a local call. Family members should
call the contact and tell him or her where they are. Everyone must know the contact’s name, address, and
phone number.

Make arrangements with family or friends in case an evacuation is ever necessary.

_____ 3.  Learn how the natural disaster you are studying interacts with other natural disasters, either as a
cause, or an effect.  For example, an earthquake can cause a tsunami, or a thunderstorm might cause a
wildfire. Why?

_____ 4.  Find out where and when the worst of the natural disaster you are studying struck.  Find it on a
map.  Find out where the most recent of the natural disaster you are studying struck.  Find it on a map.
Locate areas that are prone to your natural disasters and mark them on a map.

_____ 5.  Find out how the severity of your natural disaster is measured.  For example, hurricanes are rated
1-5 using the Saffir-Simpson scale, earthquakes are rated on a Richtor scale.

_____ 6.  If the disaster you are studying is Hurricanes, learn the history of naming them.

_____ 7.  Create a “before and after” list.  In the “before” column, write down everything you know about the
natural disaster you wish to study.  In the “after” column,  write down everything you learned while working on
this badge.

_____ 8.  Create a science experiment that demonstrates the natural disaster you are studying.

_____ 9.  Participate in a community service project that relates to the natural disaster you are studying.
This might be make community service pamphlets or posters, or even raising money or collecting supplies
for a relief effort.

Dolphin:  Do five requirements including the two starred.

_____ 1.*  Do Otter requirements 1 & 2.

_____ 2.*  Find out where and when the worst of the natural disaster you are studying struck.  Find it on a
map.  Find out where the most recent of the natural disaster you are studying struck.  Find it on a map.
Locate areas that are prone to your natural disasters and mark them on a map.

_____ 3.  Learn how the natural disaster you are studying interacts with other natural disasters, either as a
cause, or an effect.  For example, an earthquake can cause a tsunami, or a thunderstorm might cause a
wildfire. Why?

_____ 4.  Find out how the severity of your natural disaster is measured.  For example, hurricanes are rated
1-5 using the Saffir-Simpson scale, earthquakes are rated on a Richtor scale.

_____ 5.  If the disaster you are studying is Hurricanes, learn the history of naming them.

_____ 6.  Create a “before and after” list.  In the “before” column, write down everything you know about the
natural disaster you wish to study.  In the “after” column,  write down everything you learned while working on
this badge.

_____ 7.  Create a science experiment that demonstrates the natural disaster you are studying.

_____8.  Learn about at least three different organizations or government agencies that provide assistance
and relief after a natural disaster.  Examples include the American Red Cross, FEMA, and Christian Aid.  A
list of agencies can be found here at:
http://www.disastercenter.com/agency.htm

_____ 9.  Find out how the natural disaster you are studying can be predicted and an early warning system
set in place.

_____ 10.  Write an essay about the impact of the natural disaster you are studying on a community.

_____ 11.  Create a booklet to teach younger kids how to stay safe during the natural disaster you are
studying.

_____ 12.  Learn at least five vocabulary words related to the natural disaster you are studying that you did
not know before starting this badge.

_____ 13.  Participate in a community service project that relates to the natural disaster you are studying.
This might be make community service pamphlets or posters, or even raising money or collecting supplies
for a relief effort.

Butterfly:  Do six requirements including the two starred.

_____ 1.*  Do Dolphin requirements 1 & 2.

_____ 2.*  .  Find out how the severity of your natural disaster is measured.  For example, hurricanes are
rated 1-5 using the Saffir-Simpson scale, earthquakes are rated on a Richtor scale.

_____ 3.  Learn how the natural disaster you are studying interacts with other natural disasters, either as a
cause, or an effect.  For example, an earthquake can cause a tsunami, or a thunderstorm might cause a
wildfire. Why?

_____4.  If the disaster you are studying is Hurricanes, learn the history of naming them.

_____ 5.  Create a “before and after” list.  In the “before” column, write down everything you know about the
natural disaster you wish to study.  In the “after” column,  write down everything you learned while working on
this badge.

_____ 6.  Create a science experiment that demonstrates the natural disaster you are studying.

_____7.  Learn about at least three different organizations or government agencies that provide assistance
and relief after a natural disaster.  Examples include the American Red Cross, FEMA, and Christian Aid.  A
list of agencies can be found here at:
http://www.disastercenter.com/agency.htm

_____ 8.  Find out how the natural disaster you are studying can be predicted and an early warning system
set in place.

_____ 9.  Write an essay about the impact of the natural disaster you are studying on a community.

_____ 10.  Create a booklet to teach younger kids how to stay safe during the natural disaster you are
studying.

_____ 11.  Learn at least five vocabulary words related to the natural disaster you are studying that you did
not know before starting this badge.

_____ 12.  Read an account of the natural disaster you have chosen.  Examples might include:
o        Pompei
o        Mt St Helens
o        San Fransico Or Japanese Earthquake
o        Sydney bushfires
o        PNG Tsunami

_____ 13.  Learn about careers that relate to the natural disaster you have chosen.  These might be
careers regarding studying the disaster, providing relief for the disaster, or creating technology to predict the
disaster.  What education would you need for your chosen career?  What type of pay might you expect?
Where might you have to live?

_____ 14.  Participate in a community service project that relates to the natural disaster you are studying.
This might be make community service pamphlets or posters, or even raising money or collecting supplies
for a relief effort.

Eagle:  Do seven requirements including the two starred.

_____ 1.*  Do Butterfly requirements 1 & 2.

_____ 2.*  Read an account of the natural disaster you have chosen.  Examples might include:
o        Pompei
o        Mt St Helens
o        San Fransico Or Japanese Earthquake
o        Sydney bushfires
o        PNG Tsunami

_____ 3.  Learn how the natural disaster you are studying interacts with other natural disasters, either as a
cause, or an effect.  For example, an earthquake can cause a tsunami, or a thunderstorm might cause a
wildfire. Why?

_____4.  If the disaster you are studying is Hurricanes, learn the history of naming them.

_____ 5.  Create a “before and after” list.  In the “before” column, write down everything you know about the
natural disaster you wish to study.  In the “after” column,  write down everything you learned while working on
this badge.

_____ 6.  Create a science experiment that demonstrates the natural disaster you are studying.

_____7.  Learn about at least three different organizations or government agencies that provide assistance
and relief after a natural disaster.  Examples include the American Red Cross, FEMA, and Christian Aid.  A
list of agencies can be found here at:
http://www.disastercenter.com/agency.htm
.

_____ 8.  Find out how the natural disaster you are studying can be predicted and an early warning system
set in place.

_____ 9.  Write an essay about the impact of the natural disaster you are studying on a community.

_____ 10.  Create a booklet to teach younger kids how to stay safe during the natural disaster you are
studying.

_____ 11.  Learn at least five vocabulary words related to the natural disaster you are studying that you did
not know before starting this badge.

_____ 12.  Learn about careers that relate to the natural disaster you have chosen.  These might be
careers regarding studying the disaster, providing relief for the disaster, or creating technology to predict the
disaster.  What education would you need for your chosen career?  What type of pay might you expect?
Where might you have to live?

_____ 13.  Participate in a community service project that relates to the natural disaster you are studying.
This might be make community service pamphlets or posters, or even raising money or collecting supplies
for a relief effort.

Websites:  These websites are not associated with our program and we cannot guarantee their
content.  Please do not surf the internet without your parent’s permission.or teachers on natural
disasters.  Activities, printables, etc.

Great resource for lesson plans
http://www.teachervision.fen.com/natural-disasters/teacher-resources/48771.html

Natural Disaster Science Fair Projects
http://www.juliantrubin.com/fairprojects/earthsciences/naturaldisaster.html

Natural Disasters: Destructive Forces of Nature
http://www.library.thinkquest.org/16132/html

Natural Hazards Database
http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov

Federal Emergency Management Agency
http://www.fema.gov