Charleston, WV -- When parents talk to children about preparing for life's hazards, they may overlook the need to teach about disaster readiness. However, knowing ahead of time how to prepare and respond can empower children for the next time nature's fury strikes.
That's why representatives from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are making Disaster Preparedness Coloring Books available free of charge to libraries across the counties affected by recent severe storms and flooding - to give school-age children the chance to become disaster savvy.
"Discussing ahead of time what to expect can help whole families commit to preparedness," said Community Relations Coordinator John Sheehan. "We've dropped off nearly 1200 coloring books packed with valuable disaster information in libraries around the state. Librarians will distribute the books to the children who visit."
Quantities are limited, and each library will decide how to distribute the free coloring books. To order a free copy of the Disaster Preparedness Coloring Book, call FEMA Publications toll-free at 1-800-480-2520, and ask for publication 8-1123.
On March 1, 2003, FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. FEMA's continuing mission within the new department is to lead the effort to prepare the nation for all hazards and effectively manage federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates proactive mitigation activities, trains first responders, and manages Citizen Corps, the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration.