National Preparedness Month: Back-to-School, Ready Kids (9/1-9/8)

Monday, 03 September 2007

September is National Preparedness Month, and this week’s focus is Back-to-School, Ready Kids. Fire Corps volunteers can utilize this time to teach our nation’s youth of their vital role in making our communities safer. Instilling these values at a young age will encourage children to take pride in their country, gain an understanding of their civic duty, and accept personal responsibility for their wellbeing as an active member of the community. Encourage your Fire Corps teams to use the information below to better educate themselves, your families, the community, and your department about how to better prepare for unexpected situations.

Fire Corps and the Home Safety Council have partnered to develop a Fire Safety Module that can be used to implement a comprehensive fire and life safety public education program at the local level. Based on the Home Safety Councils’ (HSC) All-Ways Fire Safe at Home program, this module is comprised of four fire safety education programs that Fire Corps teams can use to promote fire and life safety to community members in different stages of life, including preschool, elementary school, middle school, and older adult. It can be ordered free-of-charge from the Fire Corps national office at 1-888-FC-INFO1 (324-6361) or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

This site provides information about FEMA and disaster preparedness and prevention. Children can also learn about disasters through games and stories. In addition, children can become a Disaster Action Kid. The Parents & Teachers page has activities, curriculum and safety information that can be used in the classroom or at home.

Children can use this site to help themselves and their families prepare for a variety of unexpected situations, such as natural disasters and terrorist events. Children learn three simple steps to prepare their households for emergency situations through fun-filled, interactive games. Children who use this site will receive a graduation certificate from the Readiness U. Here you will also find educational information specific to parents and teachers about emergency planning.

The National Junior Firefighter program supports fire, rescue, and EMS organizations nationwide in developing, growing, and promoting programs that encourage participation by youth within their organizations. Through this program, youth gain an intimate understanding of the importance of the fire and emergency services by participating in local departments and community activities.

Use the Home Safety Council’s program Get Ready with Freddie! to help children learn how to work with their families to prepare for unexpected emergencies. Join Freddie in developing a communications plan and assembling "Ready-to-Go" and "Ready-to-Stay" preparedness kits for your home.

If you are a teacher, a parent or a student, use this information from the American Red Cross to make sure you know what to do if an emergency occurs at or on the way to and from school.

The 9-1-1 for Kids section of the CSEC website was designed to be used as a learning tool for children, teachers, and parents about how to properly use 9-1-1 to get help in an emergency situation.

This link offers insight for those with disabilities on what to do before, during, and after a disaster and provides emergency tips for parents or guardians of children with disabilities.

This site contains information on how parents, caregivers, and educators can help children cope with traumatic events such as natural disasters or terrorism. Resources include educational information regarding tsunamis, hurricanes, and fundamentals for disaster planning and response. You will also find resources on the subject of psychological first aid and the impact of terrorism on children.

This site offers information on disaster preparedness, response, and recovery planning to meet children’s needs in times of a natural disaster, terrorism, or other emergency. Here teachers, parents, guardians, and community planners can find a variety of resources such as a family readiness kit or facts/tips sheets to address children’s needs should an emergency occur.

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