Goal flag Learning intentions

  • KNOW: The capabilities of a disaster resilient person.
  • UNDERSTAND: The meaning of personal resilience and disaster resilience.
  • DO: Identify skills and attributes that contribute to personal and disaster resilience.

Success criteria

I can: Describe attributes (characteristics) of resilient people.

Disaster resilience is our ability to prevent, withstand and recover from the harmful impacts of natural hazards on people, places and the natural environment. Resilience doesn’t happen by itself, but it can be developed through knowledge, understanding and practise.

In Victoria we experience hot summers and freezing winters. We also experience storms, floods and bushfires. These events are a natural part of our environment, but they can also pose a risk to our safety. As our climate changes, we are likely to see more frequent and intense floods, storms and bushfires, so it’s really important that we know how to protect ourselves.

In an emergency, disaster resilient individuals are capable of:

  • keeping themselves and their families safe from harm,
  • adapting to changes in the physical, social and economic environment,
  • being self-reliant if external resources are limited or cut off, and
  • learning from the experience to be more prepared next time.

Vocabulary and concept cards: Use this list to develop your understanding of key concepts and vocabulary in this lesson.

If you prefer to answer the quiz questions in your hand writing then you can print and use one of these worksheets:

Disaster resilience challenge

Complete this disaster resilience quiz identifying your level of disaster resilience skills, attributes and knowledge. There are no right or wrong answers.

Choose one natural hazard that is most likely to impact your area: bushfire, storm or flood.

Tilly Smith - Lesson save lives

View Tilly’s video and respond to the questions in the quiz section.

Optional activities

  • Feelings word search
  • Disaster resilience in our community: think-pair-share about the hazard impacts of flood, storm and bushfire on your local community.
    1. Do you know of any disasters that have happened locally?
    2. How have people demonstrated resilience to these hazard events?
    3. What is happening now to build community resilience to the impacts of similar events that might happen in the future?
    4. What do you think a disaster resilient community looks like?

Exit pass

Which of the disaster resilient skills and attributes that Tilly and the Wye River community have, do you also have?