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Years 11-12


Senior Secondary School Resources

Do your students have questions about fire or other natural hazards? Are you planning a HASS, Science or Health program?

The DFES 5-year School Aged Education Strategy seeks to collaborate with teachers and teacher associations in order to develop curriculum-driven, evidence-based resources to support year 11 and 12 programs.

If you are interested in contributing to the design of these resources, please contact the School Aged Education team at educationandheritage@dfes.wa.gov.au.

Currently, this page contains relevant links to the DFES website, DFES incident reports and useful links to other sites.

External resources supporting teachers on their return to school in the context of the national bushfire crisis can be found at the bottom of this page.

Geography – WACE



Bushfires are unpredictable and happen every year.

While the 2019/2020 bushfire season has seen WA firefighters deployed interstate to assist with catastrophic fire conditions, those back home have been kept busy too, with multiple fires impacting the Western Australian community.

Bushfire - DFES
Here you will find:

  • Emergency Kits
  • Survival Plans
  • Important Numbers
  • Animal Welfare
  • Prepare Act Survive Guide
  • After a Bushfire
  • Homeowner’s Bushfire Survival Manual
  • Warning Systems
  • Fire Danger Ratings
  • Total Fire Bans
  • Building Protection Zones
  • Prescribed Burning
  • Arson Prevention

DFES Fire Chat
Emergency WA
Office of Bushfire Risk Management - Map of Bushfire Prone Areas in WA
Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions - Fire Geography – A Natural Hazard (Years 11 to 12)
DFES Reports

Bushfire Preparedness – Lessons Learned from the Waroona, Yarloop & Harvey Bushfires

A series of short videos developed by the Shire of Harvey and funded by the Australian Government’s Natural Disaster Resilience Program.

Useful Videos (Bushfire):


Australia has a history of floods, causing devastating human and economic impact. This video provides three steps to stay safe in and around flood waters.

DFES - Flood
Here you will find:

  • Emergency Kits
  • Survival Plans
  • Important Numbers
  • Animal Welfare
  • Flood Smart Guide (what to do before, during and after a flood)
  • Warning Systems
  • Prepare for Flooding
  • Take Action during a Flood
  • Recovering from a Flood

National Flood Warning Service - Rainfall and River Information

Severe Storm

Dangerous storms are the most common natural hazard in Australia, with tornados, lightning, hail, flash flooding and gale force winds causing widespread destruction to the southern half of WA. This video provides four steps to help you prepare for and stay safe during storm season.

DFES – Severe Storm
Here you will find:

  • Emergency Kits
  • Important Numbers
  • When to call the State Emergency Service (SES)
  • Animal Welfare
  • Preparing for Storm Guide
  • After a Storm
  • Home and Property Damage

Bureau of Meteorology – Home

Tropical Cyclone

The North West coast of Australia is tropical cyclone prone. Cyclones can be frightening, causing injury, loss of life and major structural damage, disrupting utility services and communications. This video provides four steps to help you prepare for and stay safe during a tropical cyclone.

DFES - Cyclone
Here you will find:

  • Emergency Kits
  • Survival Plans
  • Important Numbers
  • Animal Welfare
  • Cyclone Smart Guide
  • Warning Systems
  • Prepare
  • Take Action
  • Recover

Bureau of Meteorology – Cyclone Information
Major Incident Review – Tropical Cyclones George and Jacob


DFES - Earthquake
Here you will find:

  • Important numbers
  • Before an Earthquake
  • During an Earthquake
  • After an Earthquake

Geoscience Australia


DFES - Tsunami
Here you will find:

  • General Information
  • Important Numbers

Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre
Tsunami: The Ultimate Guide

Biology – WACE

Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions. – Nearer to Nature Excursions – Fire Biology – A Force of Life (Years 11 to 12)

Outdoor Education – WACE

Prescribed Burning
Campfire Safety

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