Emergency calendar – building community understanding & resilience

31 August 2011
This year, the Territory experienced significant flooding due to record rainfall and the impact of Cyclone Yasi & Cyclone Carlos.

The Northern Territory Government through the Department of the Chief Minister, the Northern Territory Emergency Service and the Department of Education and Training are developing a 2012 calendar designed to provide information to families on how to prepare for possible natural disasters.

The calendar will cover the potential hazards presented by fire, cyclone and flooding and provide information on how regions across the Territory can build resilience against these prospective threats. It is important that children have an appropriate understanding of these events and school involvement in this process is critical.

A drawing competition will be conducted from August to October across all Northern Territory primary schools. The competition is linked to already established lesson plans from the Lil’ Larrikins and Smart Sparx programs. Students will be asked to develop a drawing based on one of the three potential hazards. The drawing must portray a lesson students have learned about the dangers fire, cyclone or flooding can present or how families can best prepare against them.

Twelve winning drawings will make up the artwork for each month of the calendar and highly commended drawings will be on display on the Secure NT website. There will be an Apple iPad available for each student whose drawing is chosen as one of the twelve months along with various regional prizes.

For full details on the competition’s terms and conditions visit http://www.securent.nt.gov.au/ or please talk to your school teacher.