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Topic: Disaster Plans


Title: Indonesia Issues Plans for Quake, Tsunami

Source: ReliefWeb, Reuters

Date: Friday, Apr. 15, 2005

Level: Advanced

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Vocabulary

Try to guess what these words mean from reading the article.
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New words you will see in this article:

administer

blueprint

brunt

buffer

casualty(-ies)

compensation

controversial

devastate(d)

directive

disaster

elaborate

epicenter

fury

guideline(s)

implement(ed)

incorporate(d)

magnitude

masterplan

minimize

rehabilitation

province(s)

smash(ing)

survivor(s)

volume(s)

worth

Talking Points

With your tutor, conversation partners, or classmates, you may wish to discuss the following:

How do you feel about recent natural disasters
(earthquakes, tsunamis, etc.) in the news?

What do you think is most important for survivors of these disasters?

How can the rest of the world best help the people in devasted areas?

What can people do to prepare for possible disasters in the future?

What types of disasters are common in your home country?
(hurricanes, typhoons, tornadoes, etc.)

Have you ever experienced a natural disaster? What was it like?

For More Practice

Pretend you are an emergency relief worker.
Role play a conversation with a disaster victim.

With a partner or group, make plans to cope with potential disasters in your area.

Organize a project to assist survivors of a recent catastrophe.

Prepare a speech to request donations for a charitable cause.

Pretend you just received a large sum of money to assist disaster victims.
Make plans with your group or partner to spend the money effectively
to help the most people.

Pretend you experienced a recent disaster.
Describe the event in detail to your partner or group.

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Last updated: 15 February, 2010 02:43:16