In our last post, we discussed Ready America, a national public service campaign sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The goal of the Ready America program is to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters. One important part of the campaign is FEMA Ready Kids®, a child-friendly web site that can help parents prepare their children to deal with emergencies, and teach kids the importance of preparedness and what they can do to be prepared for any situation. A Spanish-language version of the site, FEMA Listo Niños, is also online.
Ready Kids® is a tool both parents and teachers can use to educate children in grades 4-5 about emergencies and how they can help get their family prepared. Ready Kids® presents the three basic steps of the Ready America plan, ‘Get A Kit’, ‘Make A Plan’, and ‘Be Informed’, in a fun, entertaining format that kids can understand and learn from. The Ready Kids® web site features age-appropriate, step-by-step instructions on what families can do to be better prepared and the role kids can play in this effort.
- Fun activities will teach children how their family can build an emergency supply kit that keeps everything they might need during an emergency in one place.
- Games and worksheets will help kids and their family plan the best ways to stay in touch at all times during an emergency.
- An overview of the most common emergency-related words and terms heard during different kinds of weather events and other unexpected situations can help ease children’s confusion.
After completing the three steps of the Ready Kids® program, the kids can test their brains at Readiness U. When they get all the answers to a short quiz right, they can download and print out their Readiness U Graduation Certificate. The web site also provides a number of resources for parents and teachers about being prepared and talking to kids about challenging subjects.
Thiele Heating & Air Conditioning whole-heartedly supports the Ready Kids® program, and encourages every parent to consider the importance of teaching children how to react in the event of an emergency. Just like having a working smoke detector in your home and teaching them what to do if the alarm goes off, preparing for the unexpected makes sense good. As FEMA states: “Get Ready Now”.
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