Making young people disaster resilient - free online teacher resources

Member News image Damascus College students undertaking DRE in 2017


With extreme weather events happening more frequently, it's never been more important to know about and be prepared for these hazards.


CFA puts the community at the centre of everything we do by delivering programs and services that make a positive difference. Our award-winning Disaster Resilience Education (DRE) program builds students’ understanding of the causes, nature and effects of hazards.

CFA, in partnership with secondary school teachers and students, has developed this multi-hazard website to support teachers to deliver DRE to students in Years 7 to 9.

DRE fosters a range of competencies and skills that enables students to contribute proactively to disaster preparedness, response and recovery. The program is easy to use, saves time, is aligned with the current curriculum and does not require teachers to be subject matter experts. And best of all, its free.

The website comprises five interactive web-based lessons designed to increase student's knowledge and awareness of their local disaster risks. Maps can even be zoomed in to pinpoint a student’s local area around their home.

Watch this video to hear from students and teachers who have already used DRE in their learning program and see how increasing young people’s knowledge and awareness of local disaster risks helps build their capacity to initiate and participate in practical action to reduce their risk.

Visit the Disaster Resilience Education Victoria website or email for more information.


Submitted by Lerna Avakian