Volume 25 Issue 1, 2010

Tsunami Education Kit

As part of its contribution to national disaster resilience, the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department provides extensive community awareness and school education resources. These are accessed via the Emergency Management in Australia website at www.ema.gov.au


Recent years have seen an additional focus on the tsunami hazard.

New resource materials are being added and updated regularly, including recently a substantial input of tsunami materials for Aboriginal Australians in remote coastal communities.

In particular the new “Tsunami Community Education Kit for Aboriginal Australians in remote coastal communities” is being distributed widely in physical format, to compliment the on-line resource. This Kit aims to educate about warnings and procedures to stay safe in the event of a tsunami. In association with the AEMC Australian Tsunami Working Group (and its State and Territory based membership), the AEMC Remote Indigenous Communities Advisory Council (RICAC) has identified prime dissemination and distribution points for the physical materials.

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New Tsunami Education Kit

Further copies of the Kit are available through an Order Form process, via contact through the tsunami@ag.gov.au email address box.

Contents of the Kit include:

  • Two educational DVDs about tsunami:
    • Tsunami Warnings...What You Should Do (for Aboriginal Australians in Remote Coastal Communities). This DVD focuses on the key messages about tsunami community safety for remote coastal Aboriginal communities. There are six different Indigenous voiceover options: (i) Tiwi (ii) Top End Kriol (iii) Yolngu (iv) TSI Kriol (v) WA Kriol and (vi) basic English.
    • ‘Questacon Tsunami Awareness Show’. This DVD contains the 30-minute tsunami education presentation shown at Questacon - the National Science and Technology Centre in Canberra.
  • Three posters that show how remote communities should respond to tsunami warnings. These posters have been designed by an indigenous artist and can be used individually or joined together as one large poster.
  • One Tsunami Awareness Lesson Plan for remote area school teachers—included in this lesson plan is a poster template, great for children to draw/write their on tsunami story.
  • Twenty stickers - great for reminding remote coastal communities on what to do if there is ever a tsunami.
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Posters aimed at raising Tsunami awareness amongst aboriginal communities

Enquires to Neil Head, Director Information & Public Awareness, National Security Capability Development Division, Attorney-General’s Department at the Mt Macedon campus on neil.head@ag.gov.au or via the AGD NSCDD Schools Education Officer, John Haydock at john.haydock@ag.gov.au or on 03-5421 5297.

These materials are complimentary to those available from the UN International Tsunami Information Center at at http://ioc3.unesco.org/itic/