Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, November 2013

Hurricanes  The devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines may have your students wondering why such large catastrophes occur and how they might be affected by natural disasters. These resources will help you explain typhoons to your class, who might only be familiar with the term "hurricane." According to Infoplease.com, "a tropical cyclone that has matured to a severe intensity is called a hurricane when it occurs in the Atlantic Ocean or adjacent seas, a typhoon when it occurs in the Pacific Ocean or adjacent seas, or simply a cyclone or tropical cyclone when it occurs in the Indian Ocean region." If your students feel overwhelmed by the number of deaths, help them grasp death and disaster with our crisis resources.

General Storm References

Activities & Worksheets

Safety Preparation Materials

Teaching Disasters & Crises

Maps of Asia

Locate the Philippines on one of these maps.

Charities Providing Aid to Typhoon Victims

If you're students are interested in collecting money to donate to victims, or if you just want to help, these charities have specific funds dedicated to helping those affected by Typhoon Haiyan. These groups are approved as four-star organizations by Charity Navigator, an independent business that evaluates charities to ensure your money is used as intended.

Other Natural Disasters

Be prepared for future wide-scale natural disasters with lessons and materials on volcanoes, floods, hurricanes, tsunamis, and tornadoes.

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