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Years 7-10

Do your students have questions about fire or other natural hazards? Are you planning a HASS, Science or Health program?

This page contains relevant links to the DFES website including information on excursions to the Education and Heritage Centre, and useful links to other sites.

External resources supporting teachers on their return to school in the context of the national bushfire crisis can be found at the bottom of this page.

Resource Development

The DFES School Aged Education Strategy seeks to collaborate with teachers and teacher associations in order to develop curriculum-driven, evidence-based resources to support year 7-10 programs.

If you are interested in contributing to the design of these resources, please contact the School Aged Education team at educationandheritage@dfes.wa.gov.au.

 

Bushfire

Bushfires are unpredictable and happen every year.

While the 2019/2020 bushfire season has seen WA firefighters deployed interstate to assist with catastrophic fire conditions, those back home have been kept busy too, with multiple fires impacting the Western Australian community.

Emergency WA

Emergency WA provides people with alerts and warnings for bushfire, storm, cyclone, flood, earthquake and tsunami, as well as today’s Fire Danger Rating. Knowing where to find correct information when you need it, could save lives.

Bushfire Survival Plans

Bushfires happen every year. The single biggest killer is indecision. To survive a bushfire, you must be prepared to make your own decisions. If you live near bush, bushfire is a real threat to you and your family.

Visit 5 Minute Fire Chat, to prepare your bushfire survival plan.

Emergency Kits

Putting together an emergency kit can help young people and their families prepare for an emergency. Emergency kits provide essential items for families during or after a natural hazard such as bushfire, storm, cyclone and flood.

Useful Videos/Links (Bushfire):

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Home Fire Safety – Education Support and English as a 2nd Language Students

DFES recommends families have a Home Fire Escape Plan and practise it at least twice a year. In all fire emergencies, young people should know how to call Triple Zero (000) and be prepared to tell the operator their name, address and nearest cross street.

The Home Fire Safety excursion is available at the DFES Education and Heritage Centre during each school term. Bookings are essential.

The excursion runs for 90 minutes and the following sessions are available for bookings on Tuesdays and Wednesdays only:

Morning: 10:15am to 11:45am
Afternoon: 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Students learn about:

  • Fire hazards in the home
  • Smoke and smoke alarms
  • Crawling low under smoke
  • Having a safe meeting place
  • Developing their own Home Fire Escape Plan for their family
  • Triple Zero (000)

The visit includes a tour of the engine room and fire gallery, dressing up as a firefighter whilst exploring a fire truck and its equipment. There is a group photo opportunity, so make sure you bring a camera!

Students are encouraged to return to school and draw their own Home Fire Escape Plan which they will take home and practise with their families.

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Flood

Australia has a history of floods, causing devastating human and economic impact. This video provides three steps to stay safe in and around flood waters.

DFES - Flood
Here you will find:

  • Emergency Kits
  • Survival Plans
  • Important Numbers
  • Animal Welfare
  • Flood Smart Guide (what to do before, during and after a flood)
  • Warning Systems
  • Prepare for Flooding
  • Take Action during a Flood
  • Recovering from a Flood

National Flood Warning Service - Rainfall and River Information

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Severe Storm

Dangerous storms are the most common natural hazard in Australia, with tornados, lightning, hail, flash flooding and gale force winds causing widespread destruction to the southern half of WA. This video provides four steps to help you prepare for and stay safe during storm season.

DFES – Severe Storm
Here you will find:

  • Emergency Kits
  • Important Numbers
  • When to call the State Emergency Service (SES)
  • Animal Welfare
  • Preparing for Storm Guide
  • After a Storm
  • Home and Property Damage

Bureau of Meteorology – Home

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Tropical Cyclone

The North West coast of Australia is tropical cyclone prone. Cyclones can be frightening, causing injury, loss of life and major structural damage, disrupting utility services and communications. This video provides four steps to help you prepare for and stay safe during a tropical cyclone.

DFES - Cyclone
Here you will find:

  • Emergency Kits
  • Survival Plans
  • Important Numbers
  • Animal Welfare
  • Cyclone Smart Guide
  • Warning Systems
  • Prepare
  • Take Action
  • Recover

Bureau of Meteorology – Cyclone Information

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Earthquake

DFES - Earthquake
Here you will find:

  • Important numbers
  • Before an Earthquake
  • During an Earthquake
  • After an Earthquake

Geoscience Australia

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Tsunami

DFES - Tsunami
Here you will find:

  • General Information
  • Important Numbers

Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre
Tsunami: The Ultimate Guide

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Useful Links

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