Victoria State Emergency Service (SES) has loads of information available for students working on a school project. This page will help you learn about what we do, our history and how to plan, prepare and stay safe during emergencies and disasters.

These links will take you to pages that will help you learn more about SES and assist with your project:


Fact sheets

Download the following natural hazard fact sheets to help you with your school projects:


Some of the words in these fact sheets can be tricky. If you don’t understand a word you can use this glossary to help you.

atmosphere a layer of gas that surrounds our earth
awash to be covered with water
condensation when water changes from a gas into a liquid
constant a value that does not change
contamination something dirty or unwanted
converging coming together
displaced moved to somewhere else
downpour heavy rainfall
equator an invisible line that wraps around the earth marking the centre (between the north pole and the south pole)
evacuate to leave in an emergency situation
evaporate When water changes from a liquid to a gas
fatalities A death resulting from an accident or a disaster
forecast To calculate or estimate something in advance, like the weather
hazard something dangerous
impassable cannot cross over
intensify to get stronger
inundation to cover with floodwater
isolated far away from other places or surrounded by water
localised something that happens in one area
peak the highest point
precipitation water that falls from the sky either as rain, hail or snow
provisions a supply of food and drink
sodden very wet
tides the rise and fall of sea levels
torrential water falling or flowing very fast and hard
water vapour the gas form of water
waterways any water that you can navigate through including rivers, lakes, seas, oceans, and canals
whirlpool water spinning around very fast

If you are having trouble finding what you are looking for, try using the search function to search the entire SES website. You never know what interesting things you will learn!