Shedding Light on a State of Emergency (Infographic)

Lesson Plan

In case of emergency, declare it! What are the powers of the U.S. government during times of unexpected emergencies? Use this printable infographic to help your students understand when a state of emergency can be declared, and what resources that declaration provides for response.

**Need reinforcements?? Have your students practice their new knowledge by applying real situations to the infographic with our Google Slide deck activity. Students will research a current or past situation that activated a state of emergency and find all the steps and outcomes of that declaration.


Partner Resources for this Lesson Plan include:

State of Emergeny Fill in the Blank - Google Slides



  • Understand the purpose and outcomes of declaring a state of emergency
  • Recognize the extent and the limits of the power of the executive who makes the declaration


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