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Operation Rescue

Author(s): Gregory L. Vogt, EdD, Barbara Z. Tharp, MS, and Nancy P. Moreno, PhD
Operation Rescue

© Erik DeGraaf

  • Grades:
  • 6-8 9-12

Student teams plan and mount a simulated aid mission to provide supplies and prevent a possible disease outbreak in an area devastated by a major typhoon. Using borrowed military cargo aircraft, they determine what aid supplies are needed, create a load manifest matching the capacity of the aircraft, and plot the route the plane will take to deliver the supplies. Critical to providing useful aid, teams have to learn about the infectious diseases that have occurred (or might occur) as a result of the disaster to determine what the survivors really need.

The Operation Rescue unit is comprised of a teacher’s guide and a student storybook, A Storm Named "Yolanda." The following activities are offered

1. Introduction to the Mission

2. Destination Tacloban

3. Travel Documents

4. Learning About Disease Threats

5. Crisis Planning

6. Learning to Use a Web-based Map Tool

7. Designing and Constructing Payloads

8. Designing Flight Plans

9. Mission Debriefing

Download Typhoon Haiyan Philippines, (World Health Organization), for use with the activity “Learning About Disease Threats.” (Activity 4)

Download Four Months After Typhoon Haiyan, Philippines, (UNICEF), for use with the activity “Crisis Planning.” (Activity 5)

Download an illustration of a C-130 airplane (PDF format, 34-in. x 48-in.) for use with the activity, “Designing and Constructing Payloads." (Activity 7)

Download: Operation Rescue Teacher's Guide

Related Content

  • A Storm Named Yolanda

    A Storm Named Yolanda Reading

    Fictional account of a Filipino family who survived Super Typhoon Yolanda (also called Haiyan), which struck the Philippines on November 7, 2013, causing massive damage, injuries and loss of life.

Funded by the following grant(s)

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH

The Science of Infectious Disease and the Immune System: K-5 Teaching Resources
Grant Number: 1R25AI097453