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Make new friends in far-away places

Does your class have projects, drawings or stories about natural disasters you would like to share with another class in a different country? Send your contribution to staff working for the United Nations International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction. They will pass it to a class in another country. They will also send a contribution from another class to you.


Special thanks to the city of Yokohama, Japan, which sponsored this booklet. from the proceeds of the charity concert of the World Conference on Natural Disaster Reduction, held in Yokohama in May 1994.


General information is found at the end of each section in the booklet. Additional materials included:

· IDNDR National Committee Reports, World Conference on Natural Disaster Reduction, 1994.

· Public information and education materials submitted by IDNDR National Committees of Australia, British Virgin Islands, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Portugal and Slovenia.

· Annual Reports. Munich Reinsurance, 1993, 1994, 1995.

· Introduction to Hazards. Disaster Management Training Programme, DHA/UNDP, 1991.

· Natural Disasters - Are you prepared? UN Department of Public Information, 1992.

· Natural Disasters - Acts of God or Acts of Man? Earthscan, 1984.

· US Federal Emergency Management Agency materials, particularly: Earthquake Curriculum K-6, produced with the National Science Teachers Foundation, 1988; and How to Help Your Child After Disasters, produced with the Alameda County {CA) Mental Health Services, 1991.

· Hazard-Wise: Classroom Resources for Teachers on Natural Hazards and Disasters, Emergency Management Australia, 1995.

For full list of sources and contacts, please write to the IDNDR secretariat.

Published by STOP Disasters, the quarterly magazine for IDNDR.


Creative Direction, Writing: Natalie Domeisen
Art Direction, Design: Marilyn Langfeld
Illustration: Janet Petitpierre
Production Assistance: Debbi Berman
Research Assistance: Rekha Gupta
Printing/Translation Coordination: Armando Mauro
Distribution: Nicole Appel, N. Domeisen, R. Gupta
Unicef game development: Kirsi Madi, Janet Petitpierre

The governments of the United Kingdom and Italy also contributed to this project.

The United Nations launched the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction to inform people about what they can do and how they can prepare to make themselves safer from disasters.

How to prevent disasters or reduce their impact is one subject that even quite young students may find easy to understand and follow.

"Learning About Natural Disasters: Games and Projects for You and Your Friends" contains maps, games and projects for children between 8 and 12 years old. Many of the ideas in this booklet are taken from projects done by children around the world. The booklet is designed to help young students:

· appreciate natural forces in the environment, and how to protect things important to them;

· consider the contributions they can make in their community by participating in disaster prevention and preparedness activities;

· exchange ideas with other children around the world, in order to enhance their own safety and that of their community.

If you would like more information about IDNDR and disaster reduction programmes in your area, or wish additional copies of this booklet, contact:

International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction
(IDNDR) Secretariat
UN Department of Humanitarian Affairs
Palais des Nations
1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
Tel: 41 22 798 6894
Fax: 41 22 733 8695