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The Facts

Extreme weather can be unpredictable and dangerous. The best thing we can do is learn about emergency situations and know what to do.




Our planet's crust is made up of different pieces, called 'Tectonic

Plates'. Some plates stretch underneath whole continents and other plates join underneath the ocean.


The Pacific Plate is located on the edge of the Ring of Fire - a horseshoe shaped arc that stretches from New Zealand up around Asia and the Pacific. You can watch a ABC Behind the News episode about the Ring of Fire here!


Inside the arc is a hot bed of sleeping and active volcanoes. 90% of the world's earthquakes are within the Ring of Fire. Find out more about the volcanoes in Australia on this website.




Weather is around us all of the time. It is the day to day conditions of a place. Rain, temperature, fog, snow, clouds, sunshine are all elements of the weather. Someone who studies weather and makes weather forecasts is called a meteorologist.

Climate is the average weather conditions measured over time. Australia has a hotter climate than Alaska. Climatologists are people who study climate patterns and climate change over time.


Find out here why health professionals are so worried about climate change's relationship to weather impacts and how they can affect our health!


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Cyclones, floods, bushfires, earthquakes, serious storms and tsunamis are part of nature. They are unpredictable and can be very dangerous. Climate change has the potential to make some types of extreme weather more frequent, while others may become more intense. This is a complex area of science that we still have lots to learn about. Other than becoming a Extreme Weather Hero (when you're old enough), the best thing you can do is learn about the disasters and know what to do. You can tick off the things you can do to prepare using this handy check-list or check out the games on this page!



2011: QLD/NSW/VIC flood (covered more land than Germany and France combined!), Japan earthquake and tsunami, Cyclone Yasi, Christchurch earthquake

2009: Black Saturday bushfire in Victoria

2006: Cyclone Larry, QLD

2002-06: Drought in South Australia



Make a video to explain to other kids how to be prepared for extreme weather. Interview an expert to help tell the story.You can use the resources on the Red Cross website to see what to prepare!

Fantastic fact

On average, an earthquake of Richter magnitude 5.5 (almost the size of the Newcastle event in 1989) occurs every 15 months in Australia.


Heat waves are very dangerous to Australians and cause the most loss of life for people and animals in comparison to other natural disasters each year.


Green Lane Hero

Albuera Street Primary, TAS

The Albuera Green Team are a group of students who love the planet.  We particularly loved the Grow N Gobble garden and canteen, what a wonderful idea! Albuera Street Primary teaches every aspect of food preparation from where our food comes from.  The Mooster Chef competition saw each class will take turns in planning, preparing and serving a healthy lunch item and an after school snack using dairy and sustainable food practices. Here they are now with a quick message


Action Ideas

Find out about a volunteer organization in your area. You can have a look here. Then invite a representative to come and speak to you about what you can do to help in the case of a disaster.


In 2011, an earthquake and resulting tsunami destroyed a nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan. The land around the power plant, as well as food and water supplies, were badly contaminated. Nuclear power companies around the world took the opportunity to learn from the disaster and have taken major steps to improve their safety procedures. However, there's a huge amount of work to be done to rebuild the community and some people do not think nuclear energy is safe. What do you think?


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When disasters occur EVERYONE pitches in - volunteers, firefighters, neighbours, leaders, builders, teachers. We plan for events so we know what to do if they happen. Plans are created to deal with prevention (stopping disasters), preparation (getting ready), response (during the disaster) and recovery (after the disaster).


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* Clearing leaf litter from drains

  • * Laws for total fire ban days
  • * Building flood levees
  • * Warning systems


* Telling people and evacuation

* Protecting property and animals

* Arranging supplies



* Arranging accommodation for people

* Arranging relief funds



* Clean up

* Rebuilding

* Support for people affected




  • Talk with your family about what to do in case of an emergency. How would you respond if you knew a flood, cyclone or fire was nearby?
  • Find out where to take shelter in a storm. At home, it'll be the strongest part of your house and the room with fewest windows. The local hall or school might turn into an Evacuation Centre.
  • Take care of your pets. Plan how you will transport them to safety, make sure they GLD disaster kit 250are vaccinated and prepare pet evacuation kits.
  • Make up an Emergency Supplies Kit with food, a first aid kit, safety equipment and contact numbers.
  • Make sure you stay up to date with the weather forecast to see any early warning signs.
  • Know who to call for help. For the State Emergency Service (SES) call 132-500, for police and emergency services call 000.
  • Pack up your special things to keep them safe.
  • Print this checklist and go through it with your family.




Communication has proven to be ESSENTIAL in responding to disasters and extreme weather. Once the electricity is cut off, people can become very isolated and are unable to find out what's happening and where to go for safety. AM radios and mobile phones are definitely essential items for your emergency kit. Social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter were valuable sources of information to help people respond and recover during the 2011 natural disasters.


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Tips and Resources

Tips and Resources

We have compiled a list of ideas just to get you going. Try these eco activities - share them with your family and friends. Rate your progress. Be honest so you know what you can work on.


From waste, water and energy to what you eat and what you buy - its all about taking action...  Together we can make a difference!

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