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Disaster stations

Choose the items you’d take to survive if you faced a disaster like a flood.
Plan a session with this activity

You will need

  • Flood scenarios resource
  • Three copies of the item images resource (or actual items)
  • Three tables
Disaster stations item cards
PDF – 650.6KB
Flood scenarios
PDF – 378.3KB

Before you begin

  • Cut the item images along the lines, so each image is a separate card.
  • Set up each scenario as a separate station, by putting the item cards (or real items) on the table alongside the scenario image.

The game

  1. Split into small groups.
  1. Each group should start at the first station (the heavy rain scenario). The group should discuss the questions, and choose the three item cards (or three items) that would be most helpful. 
  2. Each group should move to the second station (the flooding scenario). They should discuss the questions, and choose three item cards (or three items) to represent the three things they would take with them.
  1. Each group should move to the third station (the emergency accommodation scenario). They should think about the questions, and choose three item cards (or three items) to represent the three things they miss the most. 
  2. Each group should look at their nine items, and reflect on their journey. They should choose the five most important of their items, and write them down or draw them. 
  3. Everyone should come together and think about the journeys they made. Why did they choose the items they did at each stage? Were different items important at different times? Which items were essential for survival? Was it difficult to leave some items behind?


This activity needed you to problem solve. Did you think about the source of the problem? Did the source of the problem change the items you might need to tackle the problem? Did you stop and think about your options before making a decision? Were your choices realistic? Did you think about how your choices might’ve worked afterwards, once everyone had shared their ideas?

This activity also reminded you that you’re a local, national, and international citizen. Are natural disasters and floods something which happens locally, nationally, or internationally? Do we share responsibilities to make sure natural disasters are as rare as possible? Do we have a responsibility to help people who’ve experienced disasters? How could we help people who’ve faced disasters?


All activities must be safely managed. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.

Make it accessible

All Scout activities should be inclusive and accessible.