Schools and StormSafe

What the NSW SES can do

The NSW SES is committed to building community resilience to storms. One way of doing this is by visiting schools and talking to teachers and students about what they can do to prepare for, respond to and recover from storms at school and at home. The NSW SES can also talk about the roles they play in the community and about what it is like to be a volunteer.

Visiting schools is a great way for the NSW SES to talk to kids about being a StormSafe Kid and how they can help their families, schools and community to become better prepared for, more responsive to and better able to recover from storms.

Your local NSW SES Unit may be able to come and visit your school to:

  • talk about storms and how to be prepared for, respond to and recover from them
  • talk about the roles that the NSW SES plays in emergencies
  • demonstrate the range of equipment used in these events

There NSW SES has developed support materials for teachers, including lesson plans that can be used to follow a visit by the local NSW SES unit or as stand alone lessons with age appropriate messages and actions on storm safety. For more information on this program go to our Primary Schools K - 6 page.

I'm a StormSafe Kid

Being a StormSafe kid means you know what to do and how to look out for yourself, family and friends before, during and after storms. This can be by:

  • helping my family maintain my yard or balcony
  • helping my family and class plan for storms
  • helping my family and class put together an emergency kit
  • never playing in flood and storm water

Visit the NSW SES I'm a StormSafe Kid page for more information.

StormSafe Messages for School Kids

One of the biggest dangers for kids during and after storms is playing in storm water.

The NSW SES advises children to never play in storm or floodwater. There has been deaths of children playing in storm and floodwater and doing this is very dangerous.

Resources for Schools

StormSafe activities

StormSafe guide

StormSafe Fact sheets

StormSafe Posters

The Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) in collaboration with all Australian States and Territories State Emergency Services, have developed a national Natural Hazards Safety Program utilising characters from the Li'l Larrikins cartoons to deliver safety messages to children aged 5 to 12.

Further StormSafe teaching resources are being developed in line with national curriculum standards for the program.

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