GLEN ALLEN, Va. -- Learning about weather is a treat for kids on the exciting web sites they can visit for disaster and weather related information. And it's no trick for them to enjoy resources that make them weather savvy. They may be the ones to remind mom and dad how the family can be safer when storms, floods and other serious weather events pay a visit.
On its web site, FEMA for Kids, www.fema.gov/kids/, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) explains terms like "winter storm watch," or "frost/freeze warning" and others. It is a colorful and welcoming site that lets kid sign up for games, coloring books, certificates and other fun activities. The web site is also good for educators, parents and caregivers as a way of explaining weather terms in a kid-friendly way.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has a web site with loads of information for kids at www.ready.gov/kids/. Youngsters from kindergarten through fifth grade can get lots of tips on various things. For example, on what to do if they are caught in a flood while camping, playing outside or riding in a car. The site also teaches how to put together a disaster safety kit.
"The FEMA and DHS web sites are great ways to get kids prepared in advance for weather news that might otherwise be threatening," said Gracia Szczech, FEMA's federal coordinating officer for recovery operations. "The sites are designed especially for children to make learning about the earth and its weather fun as well as informative."
FEMA manages federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident, initiates mitigation activities and manages the National Flood Insurance Program. FEMA works closely with state and local emergency managers, law enforcement personnel, firefighters and other first responders. FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003.