Disaster Resilience Education (DRE) is important for children and young people of all ages. It aims to give them the knowledge, skills and confidence to take the necessary actions to stay safe before, during and after an emergency or disaster.
We all want our school communities to be safe. That’s why it’s important to include disaster resilience education and home emergency plans for students as part of your school’s emergency planning process.
School drills provide opportunities for teachers and students to share their own emergency plans with each another. Parents and carers can help by encouraging schools to include the broader school community in their school’s emergency plans and drills.
Organise a PD session with DFES
If you would like to find out more about PD opportunities for your school, university or education sector group, contact DFES Community Preparedness on 9395 9816 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Involve your children in emergency plans
Children as young as four years of age can be involved in your home’s emergency plans. When children are placed at the centre of emergency planning, they are likely to feel more confident about the possibility of facing a fire or natural hazard.
Get started by involving your kids in planning for bushfire survival. The guide Making a Bushfire Survival Plan? Involve your Kids! by Dr Briony Tower provides tips for parents on what children can do when making and practising bushfire survival plans.
A variety of educational resources on natural hazards and reducing disaster risk are available for download.
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