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Kids and Schools

School Resources


This section is designed to provide free educational resources to school aged children within the Pilbara area.
Please feel free to download the activities and use them in your classrooms.


Li'l Larrikans Natural Hazards Program

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The SES Li'l Larrikins program is designed to make primary aged children more aware and understanding of what they and their families can do to better prepare in the event of a natural hazard. The program consists of 10 x 30 second commercials which was run on national television from November to February 2011. An important additional element in this program is a school resource kit, designed for primary school children throughout Australia and distributed to all schools during February 2011.

To view the commercials or access the full school resource kit online, please click on the Li'l Larrikins image.

Dingo Creek - The Disaster and The Recovery



Dingo Creek is an engaging, easy to use multimedia learning tool with accompanying classroom activities and resources for middle year students. The players travel back in time to save the fictional small community of Dingo Creek from a disaster that has struck the town. In the second game, players explore how to build community resilience as they help the community recover. Dingo Creek provides interactive content for students and teachers that is based on real life issues and problems that affect a community during and after a disaster.

To learn more, please click on the Dingo Creek image.


Disaster Mapper - An interactive schools resource


The Disaster Mapper aims to improve the presentation of hazard information and increase awareness of disaster events in Australia through improved presentation of hazard information. The Disaster Mapper is an interactive map of Australia that shows over 50 disaster events that have occurred at different times, ranging from the early 1900s through to the most recent events. Each event is supported by statistics, images, videos and text. The events are searchable by location, time or type of disaster. The Disaster Mapper is supported by a teaching guide with lesson plans and activities aimed at Years 5–10 and have been mapped to the Australian Curriculum.

To learn more, please click on the Disaster Mapper image.



DFES Tropical Cyclone Program



This program targets upper primary students in years 5, 6 and 7, and is linked to the Australian Science Curriculum (Earth and Space, Nature and Development of Science, and Use and Influence of Science).

The aim of this program is to raise students’ understanding and awareness of cyclones by learning how they impact our lives and communities and how preparing homes and planning for emergencies can help keep our families safe.

To learn more, please click on the Natural Hazards image.




Emergency numbers

Emergency numbers

  • For Police, Fire, Ambulance in a life threatening emergency call triple zero (000)
  • For SES Karratha/Dampier call 9144 1848
  • For SES Roebourne/Wickham call 0407 429 358
  • For SES assistance in other areas call 132 500.

Warnings and alerts

  • DFES public information line on 1300 657 209
  • Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) recorded information line on 1300 659 213
  • Call 1300 TSUNAMI (1300 878 6264) for Australian tsunami threat information

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Being Prepared

Western Australia (WA) is vulnerable to a range of natural hazards such as bushfire, storms, floods and cyclones purely because of the climate and environment.

Other hazards we face as a community are caused by people and these may include oil or chemical spills, mining or industrial explosions. All hazards are dangerous and pose a threat of causing injury, loss of life, and creating damage to property, agriculture and the environment.

As WA's leading natural hazard management agency, the State Emergency Services' (SES) mission is to create a safer community, reduce loss of life, personal injury and property damage.

Preparation is critical to help people get ready for the unexpected. SES provides a range of hazard prevention campaigns and programs to raise safety awareness in the community.

How we work together with the community is important and part of this process also involves you. The more we can do to prepare ourselves the more effectively emergency services can direct their resources and respond in a timely manner to incidents.

It is important to plan ahead for emergency situations especially if you live in areas prone to natural disasters, it could save you and your family's life.

This website aims to provide you with clear advice, resources and practical actions to prepare for and cope during a range of natural hazard emergencies.

When to call the SES

The State Emergency Service (SES) is a volunteer division of the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES), Western Australia's leading Hazard Management Agency (HMA) for natural disasters.

SES volunteers play a vital role in responding to natural disasters and emergencies on behalf of the community.

What is the SES telephone number?

132 500

Before you call the SES think about the following:

  • The nature of your enquiry and whether the SES is appropriate for your needs
  • Call triple zero (000) for fire and life threatening emergencies call
  • Call 132 500 for urgent property repairs that you cannot fix yourself.

When you call the SES

Due to the high level of demand during a natural disaster people need to remain patient and be prepared to wait.

  • Speak slowly and clearly
  • Tell us exactly where to come
  • All requests are prioritised by urgency
  • Major structural damage will be attended to first
  • Avoid clogging up emergency hotlines with unrelated requests

What will the SES help me with?

  • Assisting with significant structural damage like collapsed roofs or ceilings
  • Making temporary emergency repairs to homes and buildings
  • Removing fallen trees that have damaged homes and cars
  • Sandbagging areas in danger of flooding
  • Pumping out flood water
  • Rescuing trapped or injured people, and helping people relocate if they are in danger

What won't the SES help me with?

  • Clearing debris and organising permanent repairs
  • Attending to broken fences, trees that have fallen on fences or if there is debris around your property or in your pool
  • Basic repairs that you can manage yourself