Natural disasters

Council has created a suite of education resources focused on the natural hazards that can impact the Cairns region.

The materials include classroom activities, experiments, background information and lesson plans aligned to the Australian Curriculum.

Members of Council's Disaster Management Unit can visit your school to discuss natural hazards either as one-on-one sessions with teachers or classroom discussions. School excursions to the Local Disaster Coordination Centre are also possible.

Please contact the Disaster Management Unit on 4044 3044 or by email to disaster@cairns.qld.gov.au

Prep to Grade 6

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Cyclones be prepared (686.5 KB)
How to be prepared for a cyclone

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About cyclones (117.2 KB)
Information on how cyclones form and terminology

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About earthquakes (163.6 KB)
Causes and impacts of earthquakes

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My earthquake assignment (76.9 KB)
Earthquake assignment ideas

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Earthquake fault model (179.0 KB)
Make a fault model to understand the cause of earthquakes

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Newcastle earthquake (178.5 KB)
Explore the Newcastle earthquake as basis for learning

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Earthquake be prepared (177.0 KB)
Be prepared for earthquakes and potential hazards

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Cyclone experiment (152.8 KB)
How air moves during a cyclone

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Earthquake real life stories (198.8 KB)
Understand earthquakes through real life stories

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Household emergency kit (716.3 KB)
What goes in a household emergency kit

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Earthquake in the classroom (236.2 KB)
Classroom experiment to understand impact of earthquakes

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Rainville quiz (231.7 KB)
Quiz about the fictional town of Rainville

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About floods (127.6 KB)
Background reading about floods

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Natural disaster education and awareness (149.1 KB)
Classroom activities to raise awareness and understanding of extreme natural events

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Flood stories from the Barron River (228.4 KB)
Flood stories from the Barron River

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Hot House (296.7 KB)
Identifying wildfire dangers around the home

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Natural disasters picture match game (5.7 MB)
Matching pictures to natural hazards to increase understanding

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Tsunami background reading (1.1 MB)
Understanding the causes and impacts of tsunami

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My wildfire experiment (230.4 KB)
Project ideas to increase understanding the cause of wildfires

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Who's who in a disaster (489.5 KB)
What are the roles of individuals and organisations in a disaster

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Wildfire case studies and fire hunt (770.0 KB)
Understanding the hazards that can cause wildfires

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Be prepared for wildfire (195.6 KB)
How to be prepared for a wildfire that could threaten property

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Kitchen El Nino (225.2 KB)
Classroom experiment to understand the El Nino weather pattern

Grades 7 to 10

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About earthquakes (166.6 KB)
Background reading on the causes and impacts of earthquakes

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Climate change activity (237.5 KB)
Impact of climate change on natural disasters

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What is a cyclone (111.7 KB)
Background reading on cyclones, how and when they form

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Earthquake fault model (165.4 KB)
Classroom activity showing how faults in the Earth's crust can cause earthquakes

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Flooding history of the Barron River (228.4 KB)
Stories of flooding of the Barron River

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Impact of El Nino and La Nina on disasters (206.7 KB)
Quiz on the impact of El Nino and La Nina on natural disasters

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Household Emergency Kit (703.5 KB)
What goes in a Household Emergency Kit

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Be prepared for cyclones (251.0 KB)
Information on how to be prepared for a cyclone

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About floods (127.6 KB)
The causes and impacts of floods

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Tsunami education and awareness (152.0 KB)
The causes and impacts of tsunami

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Real life flood stories (210.6 KB)
Stories of flooding from across Australia

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Hot House (294.6 KB)
Classroom exercise to identify wildfire dangers around the house

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Kitchen El Nino (223.4 KB)
Classroom activity to understand the El Nino weather pattern

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Tsunami background reading (1.1 MB)
Understanding the different stages of tsunami and their impact on communities

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Wildfire Case studies and Fire hunt (765.4 KB)
Developing awareness of wildfire risks

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Be prepared for floods (238.8 KB)
Identifying flood risk and how to be prepared

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Wildfire evacuation (406.9 KB)
Establishing wildfire risk and evacuation procedures

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Sea level rises quiz (200.6 KB)
Sea level rises quiz

Grades 11 and 12

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Emergency Kit (699.2 KB)
What should be included in a Household Emergency Kit

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Who's who in natural disasters (476.8 KB)
The roles of residents and organisations during natural disasters

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Climate Change Quiz (235.4 KB)
Climate change quiz

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Kitchen El Nino (219.2 KB)
Experiment to understand El Nino

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Sea Level Rise quiz (170.5 KB)
Sea Level Rise quiz

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About Earthquakes (166.6 KB)
Information on the causes and impacts of earthquakes

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Earthquake Fault Model (165.2 KB)
Make a fault model to understand causes of earthquakes

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Flood history of the Barron River (228.4 KB)
Stories of flooding of the Barron River

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Make a seismograph (284.1 KB)
Make a seismograph to understand how to detect and earthquake

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About Floods (127.6 KB)
Information on the causes and impacts of floods

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Tsunami background information (1.2 MB)
The cause and impact of tsunamis

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Tsunami causes and impacts (152.3 KB)
The causes and impacts of tsunami

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Tsunami risk for Cairns (185.1 KB)
Understanding the tsunami risk for Cairns

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Tsunami simulation experiment (351.7 KB)
Understanding wave velocity and impact on tsunami

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Hot House (292.0 KB)
Understand wildfire risk in residential areas

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Wildfire case studies and fire hunt (761.9 KB)
Understanding the risk of a wildfire affecting a property

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Wildfire risk for Queensland (204.0 KB)
Understanding wildfire risk across Queensland

Last updated: 18 November 2016