Extreme Event Webquest

ResilienceDisasters are a fact of life. By building more resilient individuals and communities, we can reduce the toll of these events and bounce back more quickly. This webquest stimulates critical thinking about how to prepare for disasters and increase resilience in communities.

This webquest is designed to engage and challenge students from middle school through college. Because disasters affect many facets of life, the content fits well with many subject areas, from science to social studies. Students use a variety of online resources including videos, games, and reference materials to gather information as they complete a series of activities. The webquest involves a combination of guided research, individual tasks, and group collaboration.

Teacher Guide 


Teacher Guide  [ Web ]   [ Docx  ] 


Student Guides


Module 1: Know Your Risks   [ Web ]   [ Docx  ]

Module 2: Let's Get Ready    [ Web ]   [ Docx  ]  

Module 3: Dealing with Disaster    [ Web ]   [ Docx  ] 

Bonus Activity: From Awareness to Action!   [ Web ]   [ Docx  ] 

Are You Resilient? 
Thriving and surviving in the face of adversity.

Let’s Get Ready 
What will you need in a disaster?

Dealing With Disaster 
What will your life be like in 3 hours, 3 days, 3 months, 3 years?

The webquest was developed by the Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences. Its key messages are based on expert reports of the National Research Council, including Disaster Resilience: A National Imperative. The online resources used in the webquest have been reviewed by staff of the Koshland Science Museum and subject-matter experts at the National Research Council; many of these online resources draw upon work of the U.S. federal government.