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What is a natural disaster?


Maybe you've used the word "disaster" to talk about a messy room or an event that didn't go so well. A disaster can certainly be unpleasant and leave an area messy and disorganized! But what is a natural disaster? A natural disaster is an event that can destroy property and cause injury.

Natural disasters are caused by something happening in nature, like a change in the weather.

Sometimes we have warning of a natural disaster and other times they happen without notice. Earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, tsunamis, volcanoes, wildfires and winter storms are all examples of natural disasters. Learning about natural disasters can help us be prepared when they happen, and being prepared for natural disasters allows us to help ourselves and others during and after these challenging events!


After a natural disaster, many people wish they could do something to help those whose lives have been changed by the event. Guess what?! You can help! One person can make a difference in the lives of others. Donating food and clothing is one way to help. After a natural disaster, many schools and religious institutions collect canned goods and other important items. Organizations like the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army also collect money for disaster relief and help link volunteers with those in need. If you're wanting to pitch in, ask a trusted grown-up to help you find a way to contribute! After all, a little help can go a long way when it's time to rebuild.


The Disaster Area. Fema for Kids. Federal Emergency Management Agency.Natural Disasters & Severe Weather.