Emergencies and Natural Disasters

Prioritising children and staff safety by ensuring schools and early childhood services are prepared for emergencies and natural disasters.

Every school (government and non-government) and early childhood service has an emergency management plan that outlines responsibilities, procedures and actions in the event of an emergency.

Parents should be familiar with the details of the emergency plan for their child’s school, kindergarten or child care centre, and raise any queries or concerns directly with the school or early childhood service. Parents are also advised to ensure that their contact details, including mobile phone number, are up-to-date.

Schools have also have access to curriculum resources to assist in preparing students for the threat of emergencies.

The Government is committed to ensuring all ​schools and early childhood services (including kindergartens and child care centres) are as ready as possible for dealing with emergencies including natural disasters. The safety of children and staff is paramount.

Links a​nd resources

Here you can find resources relating to emergencies, natural disasters and extreme weather, including heat health and fire preparedness.

Fire-ready resources

Links to resources to help you prepare for the fire season.

  • Bushfire Education – the Victorian Government’s teaching and learning materials.
  • Plan & Prepare – CFA’s suite of resources on planning and preparing for the fire season.
  • Kids & Schools – CFA’s resources on fire safety for children and schools, including teaching resources and educational games.
  • CFA YouTube – keep up-to-date with regular summer safety update videos from the Emergency Management Commissioner.
  • KidZone – the Metropolitan Fire Brigade’s dedicated page for children to teach them about fire safety