NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Sometimes, things happen that a family doesn’t expect. That’s why it’s important for Mom and Dad to get ready for any emergency. But kids shouldn’t feel left out – they can help, too!
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has a great website, FEMA Ready Kids, that parents and children can use to prepare for disasters and other kinds of surprises. September is National Preparedness Month.
“It’s smart to involve kids in the family’s preparations for disaster,” says Gracia Szczech, federal coordinating officer in response to the devastating May floods in Tennessee. “We urge children as well as adults to get a kit, make a plan and be informed. The website can help them do that.”
On the site – www.ready.gov/kids – youngsters discover that disasters come in many shapes and sizes. Some, like a hurricane, are predictable. Others, like the tornadoes that sometimes affect Tennessee, are not. Finding out about different kinds of disasters helps everyone become better prepared.
Each step of the process includes games and other activities designed to give kids a fun way to learn how to create a disaster kit, what they might feel during and after an incident, and how to keep themselves and their families safe.
“FEMA Ready Kids lets children see stories from other young people who have been through a disaster, and gives them a place to tell their own stories,” said James Bassham, director of the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency. “It’s a great tool for recovery as well as preparedness.”
The website also includes resources for parents and teachers, including curriculum or safety information that can be used in the classroom or at home.
Disasters aren't fun, but learning about them on FEMA Ready Kids can be. Underneath it all is a lot of good information that gives children and their families tools they need to help them handle a disaster.
To learn more about preparing for disaster, go to www.ready.gov.
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