Teach your children about disasters


Use kids' resources to teach your children about disasters

Educate your children about disasters, without overly alarming them. Be honest! Tell them that a disaster is something that happens that could hurt people, cause damage, or cut off things such as electricity, water and telephones. Explain to them that nature sometimes provides too much rain or sunshine, which might become floods, storms, or bushfires.

  • Talk about the things that the children will be most aware of, such as loss of power or no water. Use online education programs on natural hazards with them and explain that is what can happen and discuss with them their impressions.
  • Provide some examples of local hazards and talk about the best way to respond. Then, ask them questions to assess their level of understanding. Help children recognise the warning signs of the disaster that could affect your community. Talking about disaster, with them, ahead of time will reduce the fear and anxiety when an event does occur and lets them know how to respond.
  • Teach your children how to dial Triple 000 in a life threatening emergency, or when parents are incapacitated.
  • Have your children undertake a first aid or CPR course.
  • Tell children about the many people who will help them during a disaster. Explain the roles of the various emergency services and support agencies so that your children can identify them and won't be scared if they arrive on your doorstep.
  • Teach your children about your Emergency Plan and two contacts - nearby and out-of-town - in case they become separated during a disaster event. Give them a card listing your household emergency contacts they can take with them to school or wherever they are.