26 October 2010 ~ 1 Comment

How To Get Your Child Prepared For An Emergency

It is extremely important that children know what to do in an emergency – knowing where the family meeting place is, how to call 911, who the out-of-town family contact is, and practice emergency drills regularly at home.

The following websites are fun and educational for children (from Citizen Corps):

  • The Federal Emergency Mnagement Agency’s Ready Kids and the FEMA for Kids websites teach children about disasters, how they can be prepared.
  • United States Fire Administration website for kids focuses on home safety and fire safety- USFA’s Kids Page.
  • Sparky is the mascot of the National Fire Protection Association and this site focuses on fire prevention education for kids, with lots of games to reinforce the message.
  • The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has designed fun activities for kids to explore the planet they live on, including hazardous weather. These activities are linked from the NOAA education webpage and are tailored for children grades K-5 and for grades 6-12.
  • Code Red Rover is the Home Safety Council’s website for children that introduces them to Rover, the Home Safety Hound, and delivers interactive games and puzzles to assist children in identifying dangers in and around the home.
  • The Interactive Zone at the American Red Cross website includes games, quizzes, and map to engage youngsters in emergency preparedness and disasters safety. There are also lots of ways for children and young adults to get involved in Youth Services with the American Red Cross.
  • Here is a listing of other government websites that may be of interest to kids

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