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Ready for Emergencies

This is a resource that contains a range of materials to help children and young people prepare for and deal with emergencies. It has been developed for use by practitioners using real-life emergency situations wherever possible. It aims to engage and inform the audience about the benefits of resilience education.



Access a wide variety of materials including learning journeys, videos, an image gallery and links to relevant web content. Read more.

About this resource

This resource contains a range of materials to help practitioners plan and deliver learning experiences aimed at helping learners prepare for and deal with emergencies.

What are the aims of the resource?

  • To support practitioners in the delivery of emergency resilience education in line with Curriculum for Excellence.
  • To provide an easily accessible source of expert information for practitioners.

Who is the resource for?

Those practitioners with a particular interest in science, geography, social studies and health and wellbeing will find a wealth of materials to support their work.

There are also many opportunities for inter-disciplinary learning, with learning experiences touching on numeracy, technologies and literacy.

Find out more about the educational relevance of emergency and resilience as a context for learning. 

What does the resource contain?

This resource contains a range of learning journeys which provide practical ideas for using emergency and resilience education as a context for learning. Details of how these learning journeys can be related to a variety of experiences and outcomes are provided.

Educational Relevance

Please click on following link for a document setting out the link between social studies and community resilience.

Approaches to learning

Community resilience is about communities and individuals using their collective resources and skills to help themselves prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies.

When planning learning relating to community resilience, choose contexts for learning most relevant to your local area. You may also want to consider how it can support learning within and across curriculum areas.

STEM – exciting context for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects

Learning for sustainability (LfS) – connect young people to the important issues in their communities, such as those relating to climate change and community resilience

Children’s rights – emergency situations provide an important context to learn about children’s rights and how communities can pull together

Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) – community resilience provides a great opportunity to promote awareness of resilience professionals who help us

Eco-Schools Scotland – the causes of local and global flooding can be explored through Eco-Schools’ work towards Goal 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities) and Goal 13 (Climate Action)

Community Resilience Development Officer role evaluation

In January 2015, the Scottish Government funded a two year Community Resilience Development Officer role, based in Education Scotland, to help embed resilience thinking and online resources within the Curriculum for Excellence, ensure resilience thinking reaches schools and children. The impact of that role on adult stakeholders was evaluated in 2017 by an independent organisation, The James Hutton Institute, using qualitative and quantitative data.

 Their key findings were:

  • The post should be continued, as it is vital in promoting the networks which support local authorities to be proactive, rather than simply reactive, about resilience
  • There is a great diversity of understandings of resilience, ranging from very simple conceptualisations to those which are extremely complex
  • The most appropriate actions for developing resilience in a particular area will depend on its ‘stages of readiness’, in terms of existing and developing connections between key stakeholders

You can read the full evaluation report here.