FEMA Joins with National Geographic, Allstate to Offer Prizes for Prevention Savvy Students

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Release date: 
April 4, 2000
Release Number: 
HQ-00-055

It pays to know about disasters! Youngsters are now eligible to win great prizes for their disaster knowledge through a new National Geographic sweepstakes. FEMA's Project Impact and Allstate are also sponsors.

To be eligible for prizes, youngsters must answer such questions as what is the term for reducing the risk for disasters and what is the most common natural disaster in the U.S. The answers can be found on the FEMA for Kids Web site (link). The entry form with questions and answers must be signed by a parent or guardian and sent to National Geographic by June 1, 2000. Prizes include National Geographic products.

To obtain the sweepstakes entry form, click here, Adobe Acrobat pdf icon, 46 Kb

"This is a great way for students to learn about disasters, test their knowledge and find out what can be done to stop disaster damage," said FEMA Director James Lee Witt. "We hope every student in the country enters the contest!"

Schools can also participate in a Reduce the Risk contest and win prizes for their efforts to safeguard their community. Students in grades six through 12 must work together with local emergency management officials, the private sector or volunteer organizations to create and implement a project to reduce the risk for disaster damage. The first place class wins $3,000 worth of National Geographic products. The deadline for entry is June 1, 2000.

Click here for the Reduce the Risk rules and entry form, Adobe Acrobat pdf icon, 36 Kb

National Geographic has also created a natural disaster curriculum for teachers. Students can learn what actions they can do at home and at school to protect themselves and prevent disaster damage. The lesson plans also address the federal disaster declarations process and community emergency management procedures. Click here for the curriculum, Adobe Acrobat Icon, 101 Kb

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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