Teaching children how to prepare for emergencies with Ready Kids

Teaching children how to prepare for emergencies with Ready Kids

This Coffee Break Bulletin highlights Ready.gov’s Youth Emergency Preparedness Curriculum, an educational program for teaching children how to prepare for disasters and emergencies.

Emergencies and disasters can happen at any time and often without any warning. Children make up about 25 percent of our population so disaster planning, response and recovery efforts must take into account their unique needs.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers the free Youth Emergency Preparedness Curriculum to help educators teach kids what to do before, during and after an emergency. Created for grades one through 12, it incorporates age-appropriate problem-solving, teamwork, creativity, leadership and communication skills. Fire safety educators may also find some ideas to enhance their safety lessons on disaster planning, response and recovery.

Each age-specific section is divided into three lessons of inquiry-driven, project-based, and learning activities aligned to core subject standards. Students can check their emergency know-how with knowledge tests throughout the lessons.

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