Teaching resources

Disaster resilience education (DRE) is learning about natural hazards in the local environment and ways to keep communities safe from harm before, during and after an emergency or disaster.

Through the Education for Young People program, AIDR promotes the development of hazard-related knowledge and skills for all young Australians, enabling them to participate in local action to reduce the risk of disaster.

Explore curriculum-linked resources for Australian primary and secondary schools developed by AIDR, our partners and our stakeholders.  


Lesson plans and activities

For upper primary and lower secondary
Australian Curriculum learning areas: Geography, Science, Health

Disaster WebQuest (PDF 421KB) 

Embark on a journey about disasters that have impacted on communities in Australia. In groups of four, students will explore the areas of preparation, prevention, response and recovery. With Disaster WebQuest, students will research and report on a disaster and creatively present their work.

People Get Ready (PDF 1.88MB)

A multi-hazard, culturally inclusive introduction to emergency management and disaster risk reduction for Australian secondary school students. Disaster Resilience Education

The lessons in this unit are designed to inform students about natural hazards in the local environment and ways to reduce risk, prepare, respond and recover from a disaster or emergency.


Hazard-specific lesson plans 

Bushfire (PDF 1.9MB)

Climate change (PDF 1.67MB)

Cyclone (PDF 2.25MB)

Drought (PDF 1.59MB)

Earthquake (PDF 1.32MB)

Flood (PDF 2.17MB)

Heatwave (PDF 1.24MB)

Landslide (PDF 1.22MB)

Pandemic (PDF 1.18MB)

Severe storm (PDF 1.68MB)

Tsunami (PDF 1.65MB)

Volcano (PDF 1.67MB) 



The guide is designed to give students and teachers all the information about tsunami they need in a one-stop shop. Extending beyond tsunami, the guide delves into the Earth’s structure, plate tectonics, earthquakes, and volcanoes.


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