What is disaster resilience education (DRE)?

Disaster resilience education (DRE) is learning about natural hazards, risk in the local environment and actions to protect communities before, during and after an emergency or disaster.

Disaster resilient young people:

  • recognise natural hazards and assess risks in their local environment
  • demonstrate skills and strategies for staying safe, seeking help and helping others in an emergency
  • investigate challenges to community safety and work together to design solutions
  • share their learning, opinions and ideas with local decision-makers
  • participate in actions for recovery following a disaster or other traumatic event.

Learn more:
Disaster resilience education: Young Australians for a disaster resilient future (PDF 2.16MB)

 DRE supports schools and educators to:

  • develop resilient, confident, successful and responsible learners
  • implement Australian Curriculum content in Geography, Science, Civics & Citizenship, Health & Physical Education
  • establish STEM partnerships with experts in natural hazards and emergency management
  • engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures
  • explore global issues of sustainability and climate change from a local perspective
  • uphold the National Child Safe Standards

DRE is guided by the National Strategy for Disaster Resiliencethe Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 - 2030 and Comprehensive School Safety.