Natural Disasters Assembly


Natural Disasters Assembly


Natural Disasters Assembly

This assembly focuses on:

*      Volcanoes & Earthquakes

*      Storms – cyclones (hurricanes and typhoons)

*      Tsunami

*      Tornadoes

*      Fire

*      Flooding

*      Drought

Given the time scale, the information on each is far from comprehensive, both in terms of description and history; but the script aims to give an overall picture – and it is for the teacher to decide whether or not to add additional material. Obviously as this script was written pre-Irma, there is no mention of this latest ‘natural disaster’ but there will be plenty of material to draw from in the recent/current news coverage.


Reading time around 15 minutes. This does not include any of the music suggestions so overall time around 20- 25 minutes.

*To extend the assembly see notes at the end (additional text taken from Pompeii Up script).

Further information could be added from the Volcanoes script (also available off

Please Note: in the case of the purchase of the Volcanoes script and the Pompeii Up script there are extracts from these two already within this Natural Disasters script – i.e. there is duplication.

Cast Size

30 – easily adjustable up or down

Sample Text:

(Narrator staggers around, takes a few deep breaths and then ‘collects’ himself)

Narrator:         (Sighing deeply) Ah! That’s better! A little peace and quiet!

(Giant explosion, whole cast ‘rocking’ and covering heads in fear)

Narrator:         Oh no! Not more catastrophe!

Music 3 Get the Fire Brigade – The Move (Chorus only)

(Enter 2 firefighters)

Firefighter 1 & 2:        (Together) Where’s the fire?

Narrator:         (Looking all round) Fire? Oh you must be mistaken. It must have been a false alarm.

(Exit firefighters shaking their heads)

(Enter Scientists 5, 6 and 7)

Scientist 5:       I think what just happened is that they were looking for a fire after an earthquake.

Narrator:         Ssssshhh! Please don’t say that word too loudly! We don’t want to tempt fate!

Scientist 6:       But surely you want to know about earthquakes? Knowledge saves lives!

Scientist 7:       Yes, one school girl we could tell you about owes her life and her family’s, to her geography teacher.

Narrator:         Oh really?

Scientist 5:       Indeed. When an earthquake occurred in the Indian Ocean in 2004 a giant tsunami followed which killed 230,000 people.

Narrator:         A tsunami?

Scientist 5:       Yes. That’s the Japanese for ‘harbour wave’ – this name originating from the story of village fishermen sailing out to sea but on their return finding their whole village in ruins due to a giant wave.

Scientist 6:       Course, if you know it’s coming you stand some kind of a chance of getting to safety – like that school girl and her family did, in the upper storey of a nearby building.

Scientist 7:       This ten year old had learnt in geography about the sucking sound that can be heard just before the giant wave arrives.

Narrator:         Well! Three cheers for all geography teachers! Education does save lives!

Scientist 5:       So let us tell you about earthquakes which often cause these tsunamis!

Narrator:         Oh very well. But briefly please!

Scientist 6:       What is it with this narrator and time? Anyone would think we were running out of time?

(All three scientists suddenly look worried)

Scientists 5, 6 & 7:      (Together) Are we? Running out of time? Is there something you are not telling us?

Narrator:         Well, I do have to keep this assembly to within a certain time limit!

Scientists 5, 6 & 7:      (Sighing heavily) Oh that’s a relief! We thought it might be something serious!

Narrator:         (Angrily) Er, this is serious, I’ll have you know! Now please, get on with it!

Scientist 5:       OK. So very briefly, going back to those tectonic plates you were talking about earlier. Their shifting is generally bad news

Scientist 6:       Very bad news!

Got something to discuss?

4 months 28 days ago

This is a great resource. The children performed it as a play to their parents at the end of the topic. It also reinforced their learning, as the subject knowledge is presented in the most interesting way possible. I also used it as part of our learning about play scripts within that topic. Highly recommended and saved me a weekend of work trying to write one. Good suggestions for linking songs too. A lucky find for me as I didn’t expect to find a play about this. Thank you


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