Disasters activities

Page 9 – What could have been done differently?

Use the topics in the Disasters category of NZHistory.net.nz  for the following activity ideas. 

Disasters such as these always involve an element of apportioning blame:

  • Who was at fault?
  • What could have prevented this happening?
  • If only we had known…

What do we learn from these events to reduce the likelihood or minimise the impact of a similar event in the future?

Choose one of the disasters from NZHistory.net and write two paragraphs of between 6 and 8 lines to answer the following questions:

  • What could people have done differently to prevent or minimise the impact of this disaster?
  • What lessons were learnt as a result of this disaster in terms of coping with major disasters?
How to cite this page

'What could have been done differently?', URL: https://nzhistory.govt.nz/classroom/social-studies/disasters/done-differently, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 12-Jul-2017