Red Cross Australia is developing a suite of materials for use in Australian schools and we will update this site with resources as they are completed. Until then, we'd like to share a range of appropriate tools from other agencies, including overseas Red Cross education teams. We recommend you read through and customise the following ideas to suit your students and your specific needs.
Australian Red Cross recovery lesson plans
Released in October 2012, these lesson plans range from early childhood to senior high school and take an all hazards approach to supporting students post disaster.
These lesson plans were written by teachers and disaster recovery experts and have been endorsed by the Australian Psychological Society and the Australian Child and Adolescent Trauma, Loss and Grief Network.
Living With Disaster - Digital Stories
This video resource from Emergency Management Australia explores how young people can prepare and respond to emergencies, and includes a number of stories from young people affected by the bushfires.
After the emergency podcast
Designed for young people aged 12-25, the podcast includes advice from experts and music from young Australian artists. Red Cross joined with triple j, Smiling Mind and a range of support organisations and experts to produce the podcast.
For students affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires
The Australian Child and Adolescent Trauma, Grief and Loss Network (ACATLGN) has a range of resources for use by principals, teachers, school support staff, parents and others working in schools affected by the bushfires.
Download anniversary-related teaching ideas.
Visit ACATLGN's Positive Strategies for Bushfire Recovery page for more materials, information and ideas.
After the emergency kids' booklet
The After the emergency activity book for primary school children has been developed to enable children to think about what has happened and be aware of the feelings they may have after an emergency.
It encourages children to talk about the event and seek help and support from those around them.
The resource has been developed in consultation with a child psychologist to ensure the content is appropriate and useful for children coping after an emergency.
The activity book is not hazard specific so can be used by children affected by any emergency.
British Red Cross - Emergency Facebook
Invite students to explore ways of delivering timely information to those involved in disasters.
British Red Cross - Tsunami, five years on
Use this resource to explore the rebuilding and reconstruction that took place in the months and years following the disaster.
American Red Cross - Masters of Disaster
The Masters of Disaster® Educator's Kit contains lessons, activities, and demonstrations on disaster-related topics for teachers, covering what to do before, during and after specific types of emergencies. This is a comprehensive non-sequential resource for primary and secondary (Years 7-9) students.