Natural Disasters

You have been hired as a meteorologist at the local television station for the evening news. Before you go on-air, the news producer has told you that you must make a presentation to the station manager proving that you are familiar with the different natural disasters and how they affect the United States. The news producer has suggested that you cover one of the following four natural disasters that affect the U.S. each year:

  • Tornadoes
  • Earthquakes
  • Hurricanes
  • Flash Floods
The producer has told you that you will need to create a Powerpoint presentation telling where the disaster most likely will happen and what causes it. You will also need to give survival tips and tell what you would do if you were in this disaster.

The Task

You will create a Powerpoint presentation after researching and answering the questions listed below:
Ø Define your natural disaster.
Ø What conditions are necessary for the disaster to take place?
Ø When and where would the disaster most likely happen?
Ø What are survival tips for your disaster?
Ø Conclude by telling what you would do if you were “home-alone” and the disaster occurred. (If the disaster occurs somewhere other than where you live, pretend you are on vacation).

The Process

Part A





Flash Floods
2. Now that you have decided what you are going to investigate, it is time to get started. You will need to take notes on each question that you need to answer. After you have answered each question, you will use these notes to create your Powerpoint presentation.
3. You need to begin by writing a definition for your natural disaster and telling what happens during your event. Read the information given about each disaster and make your own definition.
4. The second question you should answer is: Where does your disaster usually occur? You may want to name states, a certain region of the country, or a certain type of landform.
5. The third question you need to answer is: When does your disaster usually happen? You may want to name certain times of the year or describe what happens before to cause your event.
6. Next you need to describe what causes your event. If your event is weather related, be sure to tell what has to happen with the weather for the event to occur. If your event is not weather related, be sure to tell what has to happen in the earth for the event to occur.
7. The last piece of information you need to gather is a set of safety tips related to your event.
Part B
8. You have now done all the research part! It is time to get started making your Powerpoint presentation. You will need to set-up an eight-slide presentation using Microsoft Powerpoint. You will need to make at least one slide for each of the following pieces of information:
1. Title
2. Definition of your disaster
3. What happens in your disaster
4. Where does your disaster usually occur
5. When does your disaster usually occur
6. What causes your disaster
7. Survival or safety tips for your disaster


The grade will be given based on the Powerpoint presentation. I will be looking for the correct information on each slide, spelling and grammar on each slide, correct facts, and timely completion.


After completing this assignment, the learner will have an understanding of a variety of natural disasters, both weather related and not, which affect the United States on a regular basis. The learner will be able to describe how, why, when, and where these events would most likely take place.
If the learner is interested in acquiring more information about another natural disaster, he/she may investigate one of the original four natural disasters or he/she might like to investigate the sites listed below.
Forest Fires:



Credits & References

This webquest was modified from a webquest created by:Dayna Suttles suttlesd@rcs.k12.tn.us
The following are her credits.
This Webquest was completed using a template provided by the Rutherford County Title One program. It was created using Microsoft Word 2000 and all graphics/clip art are from this software. The links for the Webquest were located using the yahooligans website (www.yahooligans.com).
I would like to thank Nancy Peterman, Brian Suttles, and Danette Wells for their advice and help with creating this Webquest.