Navigating your kids’ questions around disasters can be as unpredictable as Queensland’s weather. We’re here to help support conversations around the importance of preparing for extreme weather and help include your kids in the process of preparing for, responding to and recovering from disaster at home and in the classroom.
Information for parents
Queenslanders are no strangers to severe weather. That’s why it’s important to talk to your kids early about the dangers of severe weather so they understand how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters. The first step to having an open discussion about disaster risk with your kids is to involve them in your usual preparedness activities such as:
Cleaning up the yard
Completing and checking your emergency plan
Shopping for emergency kit items
Packing your emergency kit and evacuation kit
Practising your evacuation plan
Checking severe weather reports
Checking on your neighbours.
Information for teachers
Help your students understand natural disasters from a new perspective. The Get Ready Queensland team travels to schools across Queensland to take your students through what kind of disasters they could face and provides practical tips and resources on how they can play a part in their household’s preparedness. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a visit for your school!
Resources for children
Extreme weather and disasters like floods, storms, cyclones and bushfires can be very frightening for infants and young children given their limited understanding of the events happening around them.
The Queensland Centre for Perinatal and Infant Mental Health designed a series of online books and games to assist parents, carers and teachers help young children process their fears and emotions during and after a disaster event.
If you have recently experienced a disaster event and are worried about your child’s mental health, speak to your GP or local child and Youth Mental Health Service.
Below are a number of activities that can help teachers and parents start the conversation with their kids about what weather they might face this disaster season and how they can help.
All activities align to the Australian Curriculum: HPE Personal, social and community health strand. Focus areas: Safety and Mental health and Well-being. And for upper primary, the My Flood Resilient House activity aligns with the Technology Learning area and promotes design thinking.