In digital stories and interviews, young people tell of their experiences and the effects of disaster on themselves, their families and their communities.
Stories from young people allow students to connect their own understandings of these events and relate to the experiences of other young people, their families and communities.
Living With Disaster - Digital Stories
Stories and experiences of disaster
Living with Disaster was developed as part of the National Action Plan to build on social cohesion, harmony and security. It aims to provide young people from a variety of communities with the chance to tell their own stories of how disasters have affected them, their families and communities.
Facilitated by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), the project began in December 2008.
There are two Living with Disaster - Digital Stories DVDs that have been made from the stories told by young people who have been involved in disasters.
Two of the stories are from young people affected by flooding near Newcastle, New South Wales in 2007.
Eight of the stories are from young people involved in and affected by the Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria in 2009. An associated interview with CFA youth volunteers Ready and Able was filmed at the time and gives an insight into the work of young volunteer firefighters.
There are a further ten stories from the tornado that hit Lennox Head and Ballina in 2010.
The two Living with Disaster - Digital Stories DVDs are supported by teaching guides with lesson plans and activities that enable students and teachers to look at what preparation and awareness of disaster risk means for a variety of cultural and linguistic community groups within the wider community.
The lesson plans and classroom activities are aimed at Years 5-10 and all draw on the inquiry process.