Li’L Larikkins is a children’s cartoon series about the natural hazards of storms, cyclones, floods and tsunami.
This award-winning Natural Hazards Safety Program was developed by SES Agencies in partnership with the Australian Children's Television Foundation (ACTF) and was distributed to every primary school in Australia during March 2011. The Program includes 10 short videos and teaching resources.
The 30-second animated stories are aimed at:
- building awareness with children (6-12 years) and their families of natural hazards, and
- providing them with information about being prepared, being responsive and being resilient.
The accompanying education resources support teachers in the classroom to develop engaging and informed learning programs with their students.
The education resources include:
- a range of informative lesson plans that deliver natural hazards safety messages to children
- learning objectives and aligned content as outlined in the Australian curriculums, in particular, Science, English and Geography
For teachers and students, this toolkit of disaster resilience education resources focuses on both individual and community resilience, vital components to developing a shared understanding of the critical role everyone plays in developing a disaster resilient Australia.
Resources are designed to be flexible to individual learning styles and are aligned to curriculum.
Get Ready Kidnas!
Get Ready Kidnas! is a fun, interactive and self-directed educational resource which recognises the roles children can play in raising disaster awareness and preparedness in their household.
It is a sequenced package of computer games, quizzes, and activities for children aged seven to eleven available to play on-line or to load to your computer to play later.
The key characters are a family of cartoon echidnas, who guide the audience through three key steps for disaster preparedness: “What can Happen?”; “Make an Emergency Plan with your Family”; and “Be Prepared for Emergencies”.
The package empowers children to be aware and prepared for natural disasters and severe weather events and to engage other members of their family and household in preparing for these events.
Red Alert! signals a new direction in educational resources relating to disaster awareness. Developed by young people aged between 12 and 18 years for their peers, the Red Alert! web-page contains a collection of fifteen two-minute digital stories about cyclones, bushfires and severe storms and floods.
Young people from Queensland share their personal experiences with different disasters affecting their local areas. There are stories about Cyclone Larry in Innisfail in 2006, a bushfire in Tara in 2002, and the numerous storms and floods in the Gold Coast area over the past 10 years.
These stories are a useful resource for developing an understanding of what it is like to experience such events and how to prepare for disasters.
Dingo Creek, developed by Emergency Management Australia, is an engaging, easy-to-use multimedia resource, with associated classroom activities, resources and curricula links.
Dingo Creek engages primary and secondary age (middle years) students in the process of identifying risks from natural disasters to their immediate community and developing emergency preparedness and preparations in the Australian environment.
This resource raises awareness of local risks of natural disaster, emergency management processes and enhances community resilience to the effects of natural disaster. Australian teachers and students were involved in the design and development of Dingo Creek.
Stormwatchers is a 3D interactive web based game aimed at children aged 7 to 13 years old, developed by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and James Cook University.
This game allows you to choose a character and create your own cyclone experience by choosing the state in which you live. The game also includes footage from real life cyclones.
Along the way, you can learn how to prepare your home for a tropical cyclone, interpret cyclone warning systems, track and plot the approach of a cyclone, purchase emergency kit supplies, prepare your family emergency plan and identify a safe place to shelter.
Last updated 31 March 2009