Bushfire preparedness

Involve your kids in bushfire planning

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The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC has produced an e-book for parents on how to talk to children about bushfire preparation and safety.

The book is based on the PhD research of Briony Towers from RMIT University, which has been presented in many research and industry forums in recent years.

The book is designed as an interactive PDF which can be read on a computer or any tablet device. It can also be printed.

Behind the News - Bushfire Survival Plan

Hear from Tom and Amy how they prepare for a bushfire in their home in the Adelaide Hills. Sarah from the CFS along with Behind the News by ABC have interviewed Tom and Amy about their active role in getting ready for a bushfire where the live. They share their involvement preparing their property, how they help their family and animals and their input within the bushfire survival plan process.

Watch the Bushfire Survival Plan - Classroom - BTN (abc.net.au) video.

Supporting our children after bushfires

The Adelaide Hills Be You Bushfire Response Program team has recorded a discussion with a panel of experts, including the CFS, to explore strategies to support our children after bushfires.

This informative session for parents and caregivers includes:

  • discussing disasters with children and young people
  • how to work together with your school
  • addressing issues like anxiety
  • building resilience
  • preparing psychologically and practically for bushfire season.

Panellists include:

  • Lexie Ashforth – Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
  • Sue Johnson – headspace
  • Nikki Edwards – Be You Early Childhood Australia
  • Belinda Dunbar – CFS
  • Jess Moroney – Principal, Lenswood Primary School

View the discussion.

Bushfire Preparedness Plan using our resources

Using various resources at with the help of the template in our Guide to Bushfire Safety middle and senior secondary students can develop a plan to assist their families in preparing for the fire season. Activities can include outdoor preparation to help students get away from the screen for some time.

More information

If you would like to find out how you can best incorporate disaster resilience and bushfire preparedness into your lessons, please contact our Child and Youth Project Officer Belinda Dunbar at belinda.dunbar@sa.gov.au. We are currently developing a new Bushfire Education Program here at the CFS.