Natural Disasters Assembly
This assembly focuses on:
Volcanoes & Earthquakes
Storms – cyclones (hurricanes and typhoons)
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 www.oldsite.plays-r-ussell.com)
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.
30 – easily adjustable up or down
(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!