Hands-on Activities for Hurricane-themed Cafés

Activities related to hurricanes that can be used as-is or to stimulate ideas for your café.

  • Trivia Questions: Technology of Emergency Response to Natural Disasters. This series of 10 questions could be used at the start of a café to illustrate what students already know, or to generate interesting discussions. It comes in two downloadable versions.
  • Single question sheet (print one per student or small group)
  • Set of question cards (print, cut, and sort into sets of 10)
  • Extreme Event Game. Created by the Koshland Museum of Science. This in-person group game brings together 12-48 participants to decide which resources to invest in to help make their fictional city more resilient. It then has them role-play a simulated disaster where players use their resources, and collaborate with each other, to solve challenges in neighborhoods around the city. Time is short and surprise events occur throughout the game, requiring participants to adapt and reprioritize to help their neighborhoods and the city as a whole. The game ends with a thought-provoking discussion to uncover lessons learned throughout the game. https://www.koshland-science-museum.org/explore-the-science/extreme-event/game-setup
  • Be A Hero! Youth Emergency Preparedness, grades 9-12. FEMA classroom activities. Set of three lessons, of which Lessons 2 and 3 would be appropriate for a TSC, with modifications for the setting and timeframe. https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/34411
    • Lesson 2- Adventures of Disaster Preparedness. Essential Questions:
      • Why is preparing for a disaster important?
      • How have other teens/communities prepared for a disaster?
      • How can I help my family prepare for a disaster?
      • Why is it important to have a family communications plan and an emergency kit?
    • Lesson 3- Be an Emergency Ambassador. Essential Question:
      • How can I help my community prepare for and respond to a disaster?
    • What can you do before, during and after a hurricane or flood to reduce the harm they cause? Use these resources to determine steps you can take to prepare before, stay safe during, and be safe and healthy afterwards.
    • Is your community StormReady? The National Weather Service’s StormReady Program uses a grassroots approach to help communities develop plans to handle all types of sever weather, by encouraging them to take new, proactive approaches to improving local hazardous weather operations by providing clear guidelines to emergency managers.