Self-care during natural disasters

Whether affected directly by a natural disaster or just feeling overwhelmed by the media coverage, there's a lot for students to process. This lesson uses the recent bushfires as a case study to teach students techniques that will help them feel a little better about what's going on.

Year Level



5 minutes


  • In class activity

SEL Competencies

  • Self-management
  • Social awareness
  • Relationship skills
  • Responsible decision-making

Learning Intention

  • Students will learn ways to take care of themselves and their peers during a natural disaster.

Key Outcomes

By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify techniques to maintain wellbeing during a natural disaster
  • identify ways to support peers impacted by a natural disaster
  • apply these techniques to their day-to-day life.
Activity 01

Instructions 5 min

  1. Provide access to the video clip ‘Taking care of yourself during the bushfires’.
  2. In pairs, students discuss:
    • What tips does the presenter give to help someone who is feeling overwhelmed by a natural disaster such as the bushfires?
    • What can you do to help a friend who is impacted by a natural disaster?
    • How could the tips described in the video be applied in your day-to-day life?

Class debrief: Natural disasters can affect communities at any time. Recent Australian examples include bushfires, drought, cyclones and flooding. How could these tips be applied in different contexts?